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Wolf Turns Up the Heat on Black Panther Case (Voter Intimidation and Eric Holder)
Commentary ^ | 12/17/2009 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 12/17/2009 4:32:23 PM PST by mojito

Rep. Frank Wolf turned up the heat on the Justice Department yesterday, introducing a Resolution of Inquiry that recounts the degree to which the Justice Department has stonewalled on efforts to find out why a serious case of voter intimidation was dismissed. Wolf wants the attorney general to hand over to the House all information relating to the dismissal of the case United States v. New Black Panther Party, the egregious voter-intimidation case that was captured on videotape. Wolf ’s resolution explains:

"This case was inexplicably dismissed earlier this year — over the ardent objections of the career attorneys overseeing the case as well as the department’s own appeal office. I regret that Congress must resort to oversight resolutions as a means to receive information about the dismissal of this case, but the Congress and the American people have a right to know why this case was not prosecuted."

"As ranking Republican member of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Justice Department, I take oversight of the department very seriously. … Time and again over the last year, the department has stonewalled any effort to learn about the decision to dismiss this case. I have written Attorney General Holder on six occasions asking for an explanation for the dismissal of this case. To date, I have received no response from him."

Wolf recounts his efforts to get answers — from the DOJ inspector general, who passed the buck, to the Office of Professional Responsibility, supervised by the attorney general. He notes that he has written to OPR, but the office not only refused to share information but also provided an incomplete and inaccurate response from a legislative-affairs staff member. He also chides the inadequate congressional oversight of House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers and notes that the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, also rebuffed, has been forced to resort to issuing subpoenas. Confirming press accounts, Wolf asserts that “the attorney general has instructed his department to ignore these subpoenas,” giving his employees the choice between obeying the law and complying with the attorney general’s obstruction, regardless of his standing as the nation’s chief law enforcer.

Wolf implores the House not to turn a “blind eye” to the attorney general’s obstruction. He also urges the attorney general to answer the commission’s inquiries. The resolution must be voted on by the Judiciary Committee and will likely be defeated in a party-line vote. But the issue is slowly and surely getting some visibility.

Perhaps more important, Wolf inserted in the appropriation bill for the Justice Department language that directs Justice to report back on the findings of the inquiry by the Office of Professional Responsibility and to advise Congress of its ensuing recommendations for action.

It seems as though the Obami’s plan to conceal the Black Panther case under the radar screen is being thwarted. As one Capitol Hill source told me of the Obama Justice Department, “They will HATE this … there is no dodging this now.” At the very least, we may find out why Obama political appointees subverted the efforts of career attorneys.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhodoj; blackpanthers; ericholder; frankwolf; holder; newblackpanthers
How sad. Another painful embarrassment for the crypto-commie President and his friends.
1 posted on 12/17/2009 4:32:24 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping


2 posted on 12/17/2009 4:35:59 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: mojito

“...to find out why a serious case of voter intimidation was dismissed.”

Gee, how about BECAUSE THEY’RE RACISTS??


3 posted on 12/17/2009 4:38:16 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: mojito

I live west of Denver in the foothills so I wouldn’t expect any Amish to be blocking my way on election day. Too rugged for them and no east targets to prey upon. That said I would encourage all good citizens to get a concealed weapon permit (local laws permitting) and show up to exercise your God given rights to vote without some bastard blocking your way and see what they do when real Americans stand their ground.


4 posted on 12/17/2009 4:39:33 PM PST by dumpthelibs (dumpthelibs)
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To: mojito

Bravo for Rep. Wolf! I’m glad someone’s following up.


5 posted on 12/17/2009 4:40:58 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: mojito

BO is trying to protect his henchmen for their use in the 2010 and 2012 elections.


6 posted on 12/17/2009 4:42:28 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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“Wolf Turns Up the Heat on Black Panther Case”
JENNIFER RUBIN - 12.17.2009 - 3:58 PM

SNIPPET: “Rep. Frank Wolf turned up the heat on the Justice Department yesterday, introducing a Resolution of Inquiry that recounts the degree to which the Justice Department has stonewalled on efforts to find out why a serious case of voter intimidation was dismissed. Wolf wants the attorney general to hand over to the House all information relating to the dismissal of the case United States v. New Black Panther Party, the egregious voter-intimidation case that was captured on videotape. “

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Wolf Continues to Push for Answers on Voter Intimidation Case
Thursday December 17, 2009

WOLF CONTINUES TO PUSH FOR ANSWERS ON VOTER INTIMIDATION CASE

Washington, D.C. - As part of his ongoing effort to get answers as to why the Justice Department dismissed a voter intimidation case in Philadelphia involving members of the New Black Panther Party, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he has introduced a measure that would require the House Judiciary Committee to deal with the issue.

Wolf also announced that he had language inserted in the annual spending bill that funds the Justice Department requiring that its Office of Professional Responsibility provide the results of the investigation it is conducting surrounding the dismissal the case to the House Appropriations Committee. Wolf, the top Republican on the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittee, and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, requested the investigation earlier this year.

Wolf introduced a Resolution of Inquiry on Wednesday and it has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Under House rules, committees must take action on resolutions of inquiry within 14 legislative days. Wolf’s resolution directs the U.S. attorney general to provide Congress will “all information” relating to the decision to dismiss the case. The committee must vote the resolution up or down.

Wolf has written the attorney general six times seeking answers and has yet to receive a response from him. He also has written DOJ’s inspector general seeking answers.

“I regret that Congress must resort to oversight resolutions as a means to receive information about the dismissal of this case, but the Congress and the American people have a right to know why this case was not prosecuted,” Wolf said in a statement introducing the measure.

Below is Wolf’s complete statement:

“I rise today to introduce a Resolution of Inquiry directing the attorney general to transmit to the House all information relating to the decision to dismiss an important voter intimidation case, United States v. New Black Panther Party. The case sought to enforce Voting Rights Act statutes against members of the New Black Panther Party that threatened Philadelphia voters — both verbally and physically — last year.

“This case was inexplicably dismissed earlier this year — over the ardent objections of the career attorneys overseeing the case as well as the department’s own appeal office.

“I regret that Congress must resort to oversight resolutions as a means to receive information about the dismissal of this case, but the Congress and the American people have a right to know why this case was not prosecuted.

“As ranking Republican member of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Justice Department, I take oversight of the department very seriously.

“I also strongly support voting rights protections. In 1981, I was the only member — Republican or Democrat — of the Virginia delegation in the House to vote for the Voting Rights Act and was harshly criticized by the editorial page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, and when I supported its reauthorization in 2006, I was criticized again by editorial pages.

“Time and again over the last year, the department has stonewalled any effort to learn about the decision to dismiss this case. I have written Attorney General Holder on six occasions asking for an explanation for the dismissal of this case. To date, I have received no response from him.

“I wrote the DOJ inspector general to request a review of this decision. He deferred to the Office of Professional Responsibility - which reports directly to the attorney general. I have written the Office of Professional Responsibility seeking information on its investigation. The Office has refused to share any information.

“In fact, the only response I have received - from a legislative affairs staffer - was woefully incomplete and - in places - inaccurate.

“Two months ago, I met with House Judiciary Chairman Conyers to ask for his assistance in obtaining this information, but he has yet to take any action. This is a shameful failure to provide necessary congressional oversight.

“It is not only Congress that is being stonewalled by the attorney general. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has repeatedly sought this same information, in fulfillment of its statutory responsibility to ensure the enforcement of civil rights law.

“After being similarly rebuffed, the commission filed subpoenas with the department for this information as well as to interview the career attorneys that handled the case.

“However, we understand that the attorney general has instructed his department to ignore these subpoenas. The nation’s chief law enforcement officer is forcing these career attorneys to choose between complying with the law and complying with the attorney general’s obstruction.

“At least one of the attorneys has been compelled to obtain private counsel.

“I urge the House Judiciary Committee to report this resolution out favorably and to demand that the attorney general answer the questions surrounding this case. The career attorneys and Appellate Division within the department sought to demonstrate the federal government’s commitment to protecting voting rights by vigorously prosecuting any individual or group that seeks to undermine this right.

“This House must not turn a blind eye to the attorney general’s obstruction. He has an obligation to answer the legitimate questions of the House and the Civil Rights Commission. It is imperative that we protect the right of all Americans to vote — the sacrosanct and inalienable right of any democracy.”


7 posted on 12/17/2009 4:43:22 PM PST by Cindy
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To: mojito

This is a big issue, people. This is a big issue for 2010. We’ve got to think of ways to getting the word out on this one.

Everything to do with Holder, from defense of terrorists to suppression of voter rights, is an important election issue for 2010.


8 posted on 12/17/2009 4:48:25 PM PST by samtheman
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To: mojito
Good!

Image had KKK members with clubs been standing in front of a polling place in Baton Rouge.

Would have been front page on EVERY MSM outlet every day for months.


9 posted on 12/17/2009 4:58:42 PM PST by NoLibZone (If Reagan rises & runs I'll vote. Pure Conservative¬ô know it's better to have Obama, Ayers & Soros.)
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To: mojito

Had this been a bunch of white boys at the polls intimidating people, all hell would be breaking loose right now. This commie administration is a bunch of hypocrites.


10 posted on 12/17/2009 4:59:03 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Proud to be an American-American.)
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To: samtheman

This could be a huge issue but the media will make sure it never becomes one.


11 posted on 12/17/2009 5:00:16 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Man50D

‘zackly.


12 posted on 12/17/2009 5:02:27 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: mojito
Investigating black racists, is racist.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

13 posted on 12/17/2009 5:02:58 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: mojito

I do believe Congress has the Power to Impeach the Attorney General, Drop Articles of Impeachment for Attorney General Holder every day if necessary.


14 posted on 12/17/2009 5:10:54 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: skr

“Bravo for Rep. Wolf!”

BRAVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


15 posted on 12/17/2009 5:24:07 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: eyeamok

Immdiately after Election Day, 2010


16 posted on 12/17/2009 6:38:14 PM PST by Postman
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To: mojito

I knew it wasn’t Wolf Blitzer LOL


17 posted on 12/17/2009 7:40:56 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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