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Stop the Presses: Shutting Down the Civil Rights Commission’s Investigation of DOJ

President Obama and Harry Reid have used their appointment powers to stop the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' investigation into the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case. (Don't miss James Poulos' PJTV interview with von Spakovsky and J. Christian Adams from CPAC.)

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Hans A. von Spakovsky

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February 15, 2011 - 12:01 am
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Nevertheless, it would be wrong to imply that the DOJ’s refusal to supply its emails and documents leaves us without solid evidence of wrongdoing at the Department. The DOJ emails and documents would almost certainly prove even more damning (why would DOJ unlawfully withhold documents that could help its case?), but the sworn whistleblower testimony and other incontrovertible evidence in the Commission’s Interim Report is damning enough. Indeed, I highly recommend reading the electronic version of the Commission’s Interim Report, which is on the Commission’s website (at least for now).

The Commission’s Interim Report details the infamous and lawless conduct not just of the New Black Panther Party, but of the Justice Department and its current officials. It includes excerpts of the whistleblowers’ shocking testimony, examples of instructions by DOJ officials not to enforce the civil rights laws on behalf of whites, and powerful concurring statements from commissioners who worked on the investigation for so long.

The new majoritarian Politburo on the Commission can shut down further investigation of DOJ wrongdoing all it wants and it can stop the presses on the Commission’s report. But what the Commission has already uncovered shows a damning and intolerable contempt for equal justice and the rule of law.

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Hans A. von Spakovsky is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Justice Department. He is the coauthor of the book “Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk”.
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