By Sam Foster
Good luck getting this story out in the open MSM. A commission looking into the Obama administration’s handling of the New Black Panther Party scandal has released several preliminary findings. The documents can be summarized:
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 read all of the findings here. They are long and detailed, but provide a very distinct and overt effort by the Obama administration to subvert the commission’s investigation. Below is just a taste of what you’ll find:
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.
Regardless of the damning nature of the reports, I highly doubt Republicans will do much in the way of impeachment or calling for Holder’s ousting. The lack of coverage thus far speaks to it. They learned their lesson with Clinton. Instead, I think we are likely to see Republicans trade a DOJ investigation for some tripe or political boondoggle.
Cross Posted at Left Coast Rebel