Don’t know what will ultimately happen with the Black Panther case, but it could get interesting.
Black Panther Investigation Broadens, Could Ensnare Obama
The federal investigation into the Justice Department’s handling of the Black Panther voter intimidation case has widened its scope in ways that increase the chances the president will be impeached in the new year.
In a letter delivered today to Attorney General Eric Holder, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights indicated its investigation has shifted from a narrow focus on dropping the Philadelphia case to the broader question of whether the DoJ – and the Obama administration – is systematically discriminating against white victims.
Commission members voted 5-1 to send the new letter, which notes their “original aim was to determine the reasons for and implications of DOJ’s dismissal of most of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation lawsuit.” It adds, “Our current focus is on the following systemic issue: the growing evidence of a culture of hostility in the Civil Rights Division to the race-neutral enforcement of the civil rights laws that may involve both supervisory attorneys and some of your political appointees.”
The original case seemed certain to take down some political appointees – and possibly lead even higher. Holder is expected to turn over two memos reflecting race-based discrimination in voting rights cases, which the Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez saw before his testimony to the USCCR. On May 14th, Perez stated under oath that the decision to let the Black Panthers go was simply “a case of career people disagreeing with career people.” Political appointees, he promised, were not involved. However, documents obtained by Judicial Watch reveal Assistant Deputy Attorney General Steve Rosenbaum conferred extensively with Sam Hirsch, a Deputy Associate Attorney General. Both are political appointees, and Hirsch has a long history of Democratic partisanship. These memos are believed to offer additional proof that Perez lied. If Perez committed perjury, the commission must investigate whether he acted on orders from Eric Holder, or Barack Obama. If he did, all three would be guilty of obstruction of justice and suborning perjury, and liable for impeachment.