Now Congress Steps to the Plate in the New Black Panther Scandal

The Department of Justice has avoided giving Congress and the Commission on Civil Rights answers about the New Black Panther voter intimidation dismissal by pointing to the ongoing review by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). The OPR review is now done and that diversion no longer applies.

As reported by Pajamas here and here, the results were exactly as expected: DOJ concludes that DOJ did nothing wrong. DOJ used the OPR investigation to avoid providing information to outside investigators on September 9, 2009. Again, on November 16, 2009, the Department of Justice told the Civil Rights Commission that it couldn’t be forthcoming with information until the OPR report was finished. It used a similar tactic to avoid congressional scrutiny.

Now that the OPR report is done, it’s time for the Department to cough up the information to the House Judiciary Committee and to Congressman Frank Wolf. Wolf has also asked for a long list of information which was never provided because of the OPR investigation, or at least that’s what DOJ said was the reason. Now that the OPR investigation is complete, here is a list of things that the Judiciary Committee and other members of Congress could ask for:

1. Everything requested in Congressman Frank Wolf’s letter of July 22, 2009, and letter of July 17, 2009.

2. All the documents prepared by the trial team attorneys on the case for the OPR investigation, including attachments.