By Sam Foster
First, if you don't read Right Turn at the Washington Post, do yourself a favor and follow Jennifer Rubin on your e-reader, facebook, and twitter. Jennifer Rubin, a former PJM editor, took over the resident conservative spot left open by David Weigel. However, unlike Weigel, Rubin is a force of conservative breaking news as opposed to editorialist. Rubin is my first read after The Other McCain and Legal Insurrection every morning and that says something. I suggest that if you do the same, you won't be disappointed.
Rubin reports that a special commission formed to investigate the DOJ's handling of the New Black Panther case has found the Obama administration guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty!
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights came out in December with a draft of its interim report on the New Black Panthers Party scandal. Earlier today a final report was posted on the commission's website, and with it, a flurry of rebuttals and separate statements from a number of the commissioners. The import of these statements should not be minimized.
The statements indicate several points: 1) the New Black Panther Party case brought by career Justice Department employees was meritorious on the law and the facts; 2) there is voluminous evidence of the Obama administration's political interference in the prosecution of the New Black Panther Party case; 3) there is ample evidence that the Obama administration directed Justice Department employees not to bring cases against minority defendants who violated voting rights laws or to enforce a provision requiring that states and localities clean up their voting rolls to prevent fraud; 4) the Justice Department stonewalled efforts to investigate the case; and 5) vice chairman Abigail Thernstrom has, for reasons not entirely clear, ignored the evidence and tried to undermine the commission's work.
You can find the reports here and though lengthy, they are worth the read. If anything to hear about the lengths at which the Obama administration worked to subvert the commission. Here is a taste:
Pursuant to its investigation, the Commission has held four public hearings, taken several depositions and attempted several others. It has attempted to work cooperatively with DOJ, but has been met with substantial resistance and only contrived cooperation for public affairs purposes. For example, though DOJ has provided thousands of documents unrelated to its decision to drastically reduce the nature and scope of the relief it sought in the NBPP case, it has repeatedly rebuffed Commission requests for key documents. While it provided witness testimony from a high-level official not at the Department during the relevant time period in question, it has directed those of its employees under subpoena with relevant, direct knowledge not to provide testimony to the Commission. It has also attempted to impose unreasonable conditions on the Commission before it will allow the deposition testimony of other Department employees and has raised questionable and sweeping privilege claims.
You can read all the reports in detail here. Leaving no meat on the bones for us small time bloggers, Rubin also reports that Freedom of Information Acts have been filed to further investigate the DOJ's impropriety.