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EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lamar Smith issues first DOJ oversight letter
WaPo/ Right Turn ^ | January 6, 2011 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 01/06/2011 1:52:22 PM PST by jazusamo

Right Turn has obtained the first oversight letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued to the Justice Department. While he was in the minority, Smith labored, largely unsuccessfully, on the committee to convince the Democratic chairman to investigate a range of issues, including detainee policy and New Black Panther Party case. He now has the authority to schedule hearings, call witnesses and subpoena documents.

In a five-page letter, Smith notes that there has been "little oversight" as to how the civil rights division has used its budget increases ($22 million in FYI 2010 and $17 million requested in FYI 2011) and why the need for some 164 new positions.

He then gets to the heart of the matter. As I and other outlets have reported, he notes that in the New Black Panther Party case investigation, it came to light that a political appointee, Julie Fernandes, directed Justice Department attorneys "not to bring cases against black defendants for the benefit of white victims."

Smith then details allegations by former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams that the department declined to enforce the National Voter Registration Act and its provisions relating to "voter integrity."

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: black; doj; dojisajoke; fernandes; holder; judiciarycommittee; justicedepartment; lamar; lamarsmith; nbpp; newblackpanthercase; obama; panther; raceneutral; smith
Comments from Christian Adams at his website, Election Law Center:

Breaking News: Lamar Smith demands answers from DOJ on Panthers

That took less than 24 hours. Jennifer Rubin has the exclusive news at the Washington Post. Lamar Smith is demanding answers. The speed in which this demand came out of the New Congress sends a message.

UPDATE: Jennifer Rubin's piece at the Washington Post notes that the letter is five pages long. It demands to know why the DOJ wants so much more money, and in this context demands answers on New Black Panthers and the unwillingness to enforce Section 8 of the NVRA. And Lamar Smith, according to Rubin, states the obvious: the DOJ has blown this matter from the moment Steven Rosenbaum and Loretta King became belligerent hacks toward Chris Coates, to the moment they could have just gotten the injunctions and moved on, to the time they could have just told the truth and confessed error. It is a textbook example how not to captain a ship, and how not to captain a ship that springs a leak. From Rubin's Washington Post piece:

"The letter is noteworthy on a number of levels. First, administration flacks and liberal bloggers have insisted that the New Black Panther Party case is much to do about nothing. But as Smith has correctly discerned, the issue of enforcement or non-enforcement of civil rights laws based on a non-colorblind view of those laws is serious and a potentially explosive issue for this administration. Second, Holder's strategy of stonewalling during the first two years of Obama's term may have backfired. Had he been forthcoming while Democrats were in the majority, he might have been able to soften the blows; Smith is not about to pull his punches. And finally, Smith is demonstrating the sort of restraint and big-picture focus that is essential for the Republicans if they are to remain credible and demonstrate their capacity for governance."

UPDATE TWO: A further review of Chairman Smith's letter reveals that Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes is also on Smith's radar. It is clear that she is now in the cross-hairs of the House Judiciary Committee, and that is a very unwelcome place to be in Washington D.C. One saw how Democrats running the House and Senate Judiciary Committee handled the DOJ in 2006-2008. Fernandes is the one who refuses to enforce Section 8 of Motor Voter to remove ineligible voters from the rolls. The piper wants to be paid.

1 posted on 01/06/2011 1:52:26 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

F*** Yes!

Yahoooooooo!


2 posted on 01/06/2011 1:55:33 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: jazusamo

The issue of whether the Black Panther case should have been prosecuted is obvious to the seeing person...


3 posted on 01/06/2011 1:57:35 PM PST by tutstar
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To: jazusamo
Can't wait to see DOJ officials in front of committee under oath. This should be interesting. I only wish the questions could be from someone like Patrick Fitzgerald, who knows how to ask questions. I don't know if those on the committee have the ability to question Holder and the rest of the officials.
4 posted on 01/06/2011 1:58:26 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: Nightshift

gnip


5 posted on 01/06/2011 1:58:45 PM PST by tutstar
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To: tutstar

This is going to get interesting.


6 posted on 01/06/2011 2:01:15 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz ( Happy Freeping New Year)
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To: Leo Farnsworth
I am prepared to be underwhelmed....unfortunately....because of past experience.
7 posted on 01/06/2011 2:01:59 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: jazusamo
Oh dear God, how long I have waited to shove this right back at the leftist trash infesting this administration!


8 posted on 01/06/2011 2:14:54 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: tutstar

>The issue of whether the Black Panther case should have been prosecuted is obvious to the seeing person...

“Perspicuous” - obvious to the intellect;
Clear to the understanding;
Easily apprehended or clearly understood;
Not obscure or ambiguous;
Lucid:.

Great word. - I love the English language :)
Thank you for your post


9 posted on 01/06/2011 2:20:34 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: tutstar
Holder wants Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Milsap and Jose Feliciano to be put under oath and asked only one question..”Did you see anything?”
10 posted on 01/06/2011 2:24:32 PM PST by JPG (YES SHE CAN!)
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To: jazusamo

A HUNDRED AND SIXTY FOUR NEW EMPLOYEES TO DO WHAT?????


11 posted on 01/06/2011 2:34:24 PM PST by Judith Anne (Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.)
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To: jazusamo

OH FIZZAH! Lets get the ball rolling and get a few guilty people in the hot seat


12 posted on 01/06/2011 2:40:53 PM PST by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: nerdwithagun

Eric your day of reckoning is coming.


13 posted on 01/06/2011 2:46:03 PM PST by scooby321
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To: jazusamo

For once, it’s good to read the news today. Dare I hope that the Republicans will keep this going?


14 posted on 01/06/2011 2:57:51 PM PST by MizSterious ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -JFK)
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To: MizSterious

You put into words what I’ve been feeling, it’s quite a satisfying change. I would hope they’ll keep it up, there’s no shortage of outrages.


15 posted on 01/06/2011 3:02:19 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

I like my Rep, in Texas, But I REALLY like Lamar Smith. And Ted Poe is great too.


16 posted on 01/06/2011 3:13:10 PM PST by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

To borrow an enduringly heartfelt note from nancy the wicked witch of the west: Congress, it’s time to “Rip their faces off”!!!


17 posted on 01/06/2011 3:25:56 PM PST by parisa
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To: MizSterious
For once, it’s good to read the news today. Dare I hope that the Republicans will keep this going?

They better keep it going or the next civil war will start.

18 posted on 01/06/2011 3:39:54 PM PST by Logical me
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To: truthguy
Can't wait to see DOJ officials in front of committee under oath

Prepare for a massive case of collective amnesia.

19 posted on 01/08/2011 9:05:43 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: jazusamo

This sure got buried in the news huh?

http://www.usccr.gov/NBPH/CommissionInterimReport_11-23-2010.pdf

http://www.usccr.gov/NBPH/NBPH.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=638L2sVUGOY


20 posted on 01/27/2011 8:45:57 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: bill1952; tutstar
The use of the word "perspicuous" has demonstrated tutstar's perspicacity.

L

21 posted on 01/27/2011 8:49:35 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

The enemedia didn’t really pick up much, if any of the NBPP intimidation case.

Washington Times, Pajamas Media, Fox News and some conservative sites reported on it a lot but a lot of people never tune them in.


22 posted on 01/27/2011 9:17:44 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
The poor rats on the committee can do nothing to stop the GOP from conducting full, vigorous and comprehensive investigations of all the Obama flim-flam, shuck and jive, anti-American, WTF crapola. Beautiful.
23 posted on 01/27/2011 10:04:50 AM PST by JPG (Work for conservative change like your country depended on it.)
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To: jazusamo

I want to see the following:

To: Director, Board of Health, State of Hawaii

Subpeona: Bring forthwith the original certificate of live birth for one Barrack (.)bama, Barry Soetoro, or any alias of the person who is the occupant of the US White House. Also bring forth with documentation of every birth that transpired on August 4th 1961 in Hawaii.

Subpeona: To Custodian of Records, Obama, Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital.

Bring forthwith records of the hospital including admittance documents, billings, and the personnel records
of all physicans and other medical staff employed on or about August 4, 1961 together with all records pertaining to births at this hospital from August 1 through August 15, 1961.

Also bring forth all employment records, known addresses then and now for any attending physical or medical personal present at such an event involving (.)bama and aliases.


24 posted on 01/27/2011 10:14:44 AM PST by Mouton
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To: JPG

So true, it is beautiful. Obama and thugs had two years of free reign but that’s over.

I think it’s hilarious the way Elijah Cummings has come out screaming about everything Issa is doing, Elijah’s going to lose.


25 posted on 01/27/2011 10:18:04 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

My Rep.

Go get ‘em Lamar!


26 posted on 01/27/2011 10:21:01 AM PST by green iguana
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To: Mouton

Ditto, but I doubt it’ll happen.


27 posted on 01/27/2011 10:21:08 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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