Rep. Steve King: 'Dept. of Justice Playing Racial Politics'

The Civil Rights Commission continues hearing testimony today on improper conduct by the Department of Justice in dropping its voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia.  

Shocking revelations have surfaced from whistleblower J. Christian Adams who testified today before the commission.

From Fox News story

In emotional and personal testimony, an ex-Justice official who quit over the handling of a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party accused his former employer of instructing attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims.

J. Christian Adams, testifying Tuesday before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, said that “over and over and over again,” the department showed “hostility” toward those cases. He described the Black Panther case as one example of that — he defended the legitimacy of the suit and said his “blood boiled” when he heard a Justice official claim the case wasn’t solid.

“It is false,” Adams said of the claim.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says the Obama Justice Department is playing racial politics.

“DOJ whistleblower, Christian Adams, credibly alleges that the Department of Justice has adopted a default mechanism by which it is deciding how to handle voting rights cases based on the racial makeup of the parties involved. This is an explosive allegation, and is just the latest evidence of a Department of Justice that is more interested in playing racial politics than in ensuring Americans receive equal protection of the law,” said King, a member of the House Judiciary Committee.  “Adams says that ‘there’s no doubt’ the DOJ will not prosecute voting rights cases if the defendant is black and the victim is white.”

“In addition, Adams has claimed that the Justice Department views voting rights cases of white victims with a ‘pervasive hostility.’ In Adams’ view, both of these factors came into play in the Department’s decision to dismiss the successfully prosecuted case brought against the New Black Panthers in Philadelphia.”

King says he believes this is part of a pattern not limited to the New Black Panther Party case.

“Regrettably, this does not appear to be the only time the Obama administration has improperly allowed race to factor into its actions.  The DOJ has invalidated a voter passed referendum which established non-partisan local elections in Kinston, North Carolina, with DOJ political appointee Loretta King arguing that ‘removing the partisan cue in municipal elections… will, in all likelihood, eliminate the single factor that allows black candidates to be elected to office.’  In another case, President Obama ordered Attorney General Holder to declare that Arizona’s immigration law promoted ‘racial profiling’ even though neither man had bothered to read the bill. In yet another instance of President Obama framing his remarks on race, he quickly and publicly concluded that Officer Crowley had ‘acted stupidly’ in the arrest of Professor Gates, even though Obama knew little more about the case than the race of the parties involved,” King added.

King is looking for those responsible for dropping the case that had already been won in court to be held accountable.

“I have been briefed in detail on the New Black Panther case for more than a year. I know Adams and I know he is telling the truth. Christian Adams’ principled resignation from a top position at DOJ was because the law was being so perverted and because Obama administration officials were lying under oath, including directly to me before the House Judiciary Committee. The decision to dismiss the charges against the ‘New Black Panthers’ in the most open and shut case of voter intimidation in American history is a scandal that has now been revealed to go as far up as the Attorney General, and perhaps to the White House,” King said.

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