Rule of Law

Rep. Trey Gowdy Schools a Law Professor

Yesterday I testified to the House Judiciary Committee on mismanagement at the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.  This topic has been covered at PJ Media so many times, it is impossible to post all the links.  (Some here and here.)  The most dramatic moment yesterday came when Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) (and fellow alum of USC Law) schooled University of Michigan law professor Sam Bagenstos on the South Carolina voter ID law.  The video provides an example how Republicans can confront a dishonest leftist narrative.

Notice the claim that the federal court blocked the South Carolina law.  (Gowdy response: “Who won? Who won?”)  The court didn’t “block” voter ID because of the merits of the claim; it blocked it because it was late in the game, too late to implement for the fall election.  Now the law is in effect.  South Carolina won.

Gowdy’s questions relate to the fact, first reported at PJ Media, that career attorneys were overruled by AAG Tom Perez on South Carolina voter ID.  They wanted the law approved under Section 5. Perez wanted the law blocked, and did so.  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has asked for Voting Section Chief Chris Herren’s memo.  DOJ has, so far, has not provided it, at least not through official channels.

See my testimony along with fellow PJ Media contributor Hans von Spakvosky’s testimony here.