by Tom Fitton –
Vindication: IG Confirms Lies, Racism Rampant Inside Holder Justice Department. Judicial Watch took a leading role in uncovering racism inside the Holder Department of Justice (DOJ), especially pertaining to the DOJ’s controversial decision to abandon its own voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense, that threatened and intimidated white voters outside a polling station in Philly on Election Day 2008.
You may recall, we were able to show through documented evidence that contrary to testimony of head of the DOJ’s Voting Rights Section, Thomas Perez, before Congress, political appointees inside the Justice Department were involved in this decision to dispose of this case. (Perez had blamed the matter on two “career” officials. Holder later repeated the lie.)
And why did Holder and Perez want the Black Panther case dismissed? Because they, and others inside Justice, do not believe that voting rights laws should be equally applied to all races, including whites.
The Justice Department scoffed at our findings. Justice officials vehemently denied them in the halls of Congress and in numerous press interviews.
But we knew the truth. Of course, we had the evidence. But we also had a court victory. Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled in a JW FOIA lawsuit seeking Black Panther records that the documents we had thus far uncovered “appear to contradict Assistant Attorney General Perez’s testimony [before the commission] that political leadership was not involved” in the decision to dismiss the NBPP case.
So we did not necessarily need the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) to confirm what we already knew – that Justice officials were engaging in widespread reverse discrimination. (The IG tried to soften the blow by using phrases such as “deep ideological polarization” and a “disappointing lack of professionalism,” but this is fairly saucy language by government report stanards.)
But for those so-called “mainstream media” types who chose to ignore the evidence and buy the administration’s lies, a newly released OIG report on the Black Panther scandal must have come as quite a shock to the system.
This report, numbering 250-plus pages, is entitled, “A Review of the Operations of the Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Decision.” And it reveals a brutal truth that will only fan the flames of controversy about the operations of our nation’s top law enforcement agency.
It is a particularly disturbing read for Perez, who is reportedly a leading candidate to assume a new position as Secretary of Labor and Eric Holder, who is embattled over too many scandals to count.
(Michelle Malkin also has some great background no the race-baiting Perez, who helped spearhead Holder’s shameless legal attacks against states, such as South Carolina, who tried to implement voter integrity measures during the last election cycle – attacks which prompted Judicial Watch’s successful Election Integrity campaign.)
With respect to the details in the report, one of our partners in our election integrity effort, J. Christian Adams, who, along with former Justice official Christopher Coates, was pilloried by the Left for testifying before Congress about racism inside the agency, produced a very thorough review of the report for Pajamas Media and his Election Law Center blog, both of which I highly suggest you read. Here is the some of Christian’s rundown:
“Many of those individuals [DOJ officials and career lawyers] told the OIG that they believed that the reason the voting rights laws were enacted was to protect historic victims of discrimination and therefore the Section should prioritize its resources accordingly. Additionally, some of these individuals, including one current manager, admitted to us that, while they believed that the text of the Voting Rights Act is race-neutral and applied to all races, they did not believe the Voting Section should pursue cases on behalf of White victims.”
Threats were made to African American employees by other Justice Department staff.
The threats were made because the black employees were willing to work on cases like the New Black Panther voter intimidation case and a case in Mississippi involving a black wrongdoer and a white victim. I testified about this disgusting hostility toward race-neutral enforcement of the law, and today’s report confirms it took place.
Attorney General Eric Holder was approached by Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King: King complained about cases that Voting Section Chief Chris Coates was bringing. King didn’t like that Coates was willing to use civil rights laws to protect white voters. Coates had brought and managed the New Black Panther voter intimidation case.
Holder greenlighted King: do what was necessary to take care of Coates.
Conservative columnist and author John Fund pulled another fascinating excerpt:
In a broader critique of the Civil Rights Division, the IG report concludes that, while it’s useful to hire lawyers on the basis of voting-rights legal experience, the division should no longer base hiring decisions on whether applicants have supported civil-rights causes. “Evaluating the degree of applicants’ civil rights ‘commitment’ creates the possible appearance that [the division] is searching for applicants who share political or ideological views common in the liberal civil rights community,” the report says. “This perception is compounded by the fact that the ‘commitment’ that passes muster is often demonstrated through work with a small number of influential civil rights organizations.”
Again, this further confirms what we have been saying all along: Leftist special interest groups are running the DOJ! Remember, JW sued the DOJ for documents detailing the involvement of the NAACP in the Black Panther scandal. We’ve seen a steady stream of radical liberals traipsing in and out of the Justice Department helping to craft policies and even helping to make staffing decisions.
Now, what does all of this mean?
Perez, it should go without saying, must resign and take himself out of the running for Secretary of Labor. We’ve documented Perez’s big lie on no political appointees being involved in the decision to drop much of the Black Panther case. And we are vindicated in this analysis by the OIG report:
In his OIG interview, Perez said he did not believe that these incidents [of political appointee involvement – including Holder’s!] constituted political appointees being “involved” in the decision. We believe that these facts evidence “involvement” in the decision by political appointees within the ordinary meaning of that word, and that Perez’s acknowledgment, in his statements on behalf of the Department, that political appointees were briefed on and could have overruled this decision did not capture the full extent of that involvement.
That paragraph, which also footnotes the JW court victory that also documents Perez’s lie, is bureaucrat-speak for “Perez lied.” We also learn in the report, as we had guessed, that Holder was personally involved in the Black Panther decision. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again loudly and clearly, as I did yesterday in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), see below: Holder must resign. (Even some leftist press outlets are now calling for Holder to respond to the criticisms cited in the report.)
Of course, I expect the Holder DOJ to “spin” the report and conduct business as usual. But maybe, just maybe, the balance is starting to shift. The public is fed up with government corruption and there is no bigger poster child for the corruption crisis than Eric Holder.
I urge you to read this report in its entirety. It documents a rat’s nest of raced-based decision making and lawlessness at the DOJ. This is a report that will rock the DOJ for years to come and lead to significant personnel and policy changes. As a supporter of Judicial Watch, you can be proud that our good work played no small roll in highlighting the corruption of the DOJ. Our persistence, our litigation, our public education efforts – all have paid off in a major way.
JW Targets Obama Corruption at CPAC
As I mentioned last week, JW is taking major role in the Conservative Political Action Conference going on now here near DC. Click here to read in detail about all of our activities.
Our mission at CPAC is simple: To educate attendees about the true threat posed by the Obama administration’s “Chicago Way” of conducting the people’s business, and to detail Judicial Watch’s unique and nonpartisan role in countering government corruption and secrecy. Yesterday, I was honored to address attendees on these topics, and for those of you who were not able to make it to CPAC, I reprint my remarks in full below. (To see the speech on video, you can click here.)
I am honored, once again, to speak to all of you at CPAC. I am here on behalf of Judicial Watch, America’s largest and most effective government watchdog. We just don’t complain about government corruption, we go to court to expose and stop it.
And when it comes to government corruption, President Obama has turned Washington, DC, into “Chicago on the Potomac.”
And when it comes to government transparency, Obama has built the great “stone wall” of secrecy to avoid accountability. Judicial Watch has had to sue what Obama calls “the most transparent administration in history” over 100 times just to gain access to information about what the government is up to. If you think the Obama administration is transparent, then I have some shares in Solyndra I’d like to sell you.
The Founding Fathers took transparency seriously.
James Madison wrote, “A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both.” Unfortunately, DC is both a tragedy and a farce today – but as Thomas Jefferson said, “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.”
Judicial Watch helps Americans stay informed by frequently being “the one and only” when it comes to forcing the public release of information that the government doesn’t want you know about. For instance, we found out how much Michelle Obama’s luxury vacations were costing taxpayers. (Like her trip to the coast of Spain, which cost nearly $500,000.)
I have an idea — let’s put a sequester on luxury travel to Spain and Aspen by the Obamas.
And we were also successful in exposing improper leaks for a pro-Obama movie on the bin Laden killing. This administration tells us we can’t know much of anything about Benghazi but it will help Hollywood do an entire movie with the help of secret information? The Obama approach to transparency is fundamentally corrupt: release info if it helps the Obama agenda, keep it secret if it hurts the Obama agenda. As a result of our work, there’s been a criminal referral over the bin Laden leaks. And when the president and all his men and women lie about the circumstances of the death of our ambassador and other brave Americans, we are in dark times. Congress and Obama’s lapdog media may give this administration a pass on Benghazi, but we won’t put politics over the public safety and the lives of our men and women abroad.
I had a personal run-in with Obama’s Chicago way. Shortly after Obama came into office, my colleagues and I were “invited” to the White House to talk with Obama’s “ethics czar” about transparency. And we were told, quite directly, that if we said nice things about Obama’s transparency efforts, the White House would say nice things about us. We weren’t intimidated, but how do you like that for gangster government?
The corruption crisis in DC undermines our republic.
For instance, this administration, through Eric Holder, stands in the courthouse door against efforts to secure our elections. The Holder Justice Department attacks voter ID, attacks efforts to clean up voter rolls (because you never know when you’ll need a dead voter to help you win an election), and actually opposed efforts to even ask questions about non-citizen voters on the rolls.
Because the Justice Department is AWOL, Judicial Watch is stepping up and suing states to clean up their voter rolls. I estimate that, in most big states, as much as 20% of the voter rolls are dirty. If you have dirty election rolls, then, as surely as night follows day, you will have dirty elections.
We must continue to push for voter ID laws and clean election rolls. Because it is not enough for elections to be honest – they must APPEAR to be honest. If voters think elections are rigged, they won’t vote. And that hurts representative democracy.
And speaking of Eric Holder: why in Heaven’s name is he still Attorney General!
This man was held in contempt of Congress — a historic first — for stonewalling Congress on his Fast and Furious killings and lies.
Eric Holder protects the president and all of his men from corruption investigations. Eric Holder turned our Justice Department into an arm of the Obama campaign. And now he refuses to defend the federal law protecting marriage – one of the laws he swore an oath to protect and execute. Obama even asserted fantasy executive privilege claims to protect his pliant attorney general.
And now the head of the agency responsible for hundreds of gun murders in Mexico and the death of Bryan Terry is Obama’s point man on gun control. Maybe Eric Holder should start following the gun laws before he starts helping Obama create new ones. Holder is not independent, he is not ethical, and he has turned his Justice Department into a taxpayer-funded legal battering ram for outside leftist groups.
My gosh, at least with Watergate we didn’t have body bags.
Let me suggest a rallying cry for those who believe in the rule of law: Dump Eric Holder.
The rule of law is under attack from President Obama’s imperial presidency. President Obama has released criminal illegal aliens onto the streets in order to pressure Congress for so-called “immigration reform.” Unbelievably, this president would put politics over public safety.
And let me say this about illegal immigration. Americans, including many Hispanic Americans, want the rules enforced. Secure the borders and enforce the law. The massive, instant amnesty being pushed by Obama and some Republicans is unworkable, unjust, undermines the rule of law and will harm the public safety. That is why amnesty was rejected in the Bush administration, was rejected in Mr. Obama’s first term, and why it should be rejected today.
President Obama says “we can’t wait” for Congress to pass laws he likes, so he will take executive action on his own. We should respond – “You will wait, Mr. President!”
Unfortunately, we can’t rely on Congress to protect our constitutional system of government. Too many members of Congress – Republicans and Democrats alike – are committed to one thing only – staying in office.
This is a Congress where 56 members have had family members that lobby on issues before them. Well, I believe in family values, but that is a corrupt bipartisan racket.
And you may have heard about Sen. Bob Menendez. He made our list of “Washington’s Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for good reason. Senator Menendez was previously investigated for steering lobbying business to his former chief of staff (and girlfriend); he helped sneak an $8 million earmark for a public walkway and park that benefitted campaign donors and a former senior aide; and then late last year he was alleged to have patronized underage prostitutes and to have employed an illegal alien sex offender on his staff. Now he’s under investigation by the FBI for illicitly using his public office to benefit a big donor.
You think that crimps his style! No. Senator Menendez continues to take the lead on developing amnesty legislation for President Obama. This helps place into context why our system is so broken. Our nation’s top legislators are corrupt, and yet they seek to take the lead on key rule-of-law issues, such as immigration.
Our republican form of government is harmed when we have lawbreakers writing our laws.
Let me make a suggestion – rather than contriving ways to spend more of our money – Congress should spend more time monitoring the money that has already been spent! How is it, for instance, that our federal government spends over $3 million on politically correct mandatory brainwashing sessions where government employees are forced to chant anti-American slogans? Judicial Watch got the video of this outrage by the way, not Congress, not the liberal media.
I know conservatives are wondering what way forward? I have a one word answer: reform!
Let’s go after rule by executive fiat; Benghazi-gate; bin Laden raid leaks and secrets; threats to Second Amendment protections; Fast and Furious; ongoing government bailouts; green energy boondoggles; Illegal Immigration; the terrorist threat, Obama czars; Obamacare, and, of course, Obama’s unprecedented secrecy.
Am I missing anything?
Let’s combat corruption in government. Hold accountable corrupt government officials. Promote the rule of law. Open up the government to the sunshine. Let’s combat the czars, revive legitimate congressional oversight, cut back our government to a constitutional size, end Obamacare, protect our national security, take back control of the private sector from federal takeovers, and secure our borders. All of this will have to be done no matter what happens in 2014 or 2016.
Conservatives and honest liberals know that Big Government, Big Secrecy and Big Corruption go hand-in-hand.
Our government is off the rails and out of control.
That’s why, fellow Americans, I ask you to join our fight. Please take up the cause of holding government to account. You can ask for government documents. You can demand that your political leaders make enforcing the rule of law a priority. And you can provide and demand leadership to control the rampant government corruption in Washington, DC, and in your state.
A clean, transparent government run by ethical politicians is essential to the future of our Republic.
As you might imagine, Judicial Watch has many fans at CPAC and I’ve had a wonderful time visiting with supporters in attendance. There are also thousands of young people here who are thirsting for leadership and information on what is really going in DC. Tonight is our big night, as we are the sponsor the Ronald Reagan Banquet, the CPAC premier even which will feature former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the speaker. Again, thank you for your support that allows to take our rule of law message to America’s largest gathering of conservative activists
Tom Fitton – President