Holder Asked to End the Stonewalling
5:18 PM, Oct 7, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jen Rubin first reported here and here on the existence of a letter written by former DOJ attorney and New Black Panther trial team leader Chris Coates to a Justice Department official documenting his concerns about unequal enforcement of voting rights laws. Now, Rubin tells us, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission wants that document. In a letter, a draft of which was obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD, the commissioners ask Attorney General Eric Holder to produce documents which would shed light on the testimony of civil rights head Thomas Perez, which we now know is misleading. (This, too, was revealed in THE WEEKLY STANDARD's June 21 story.) The commissioners explain:
The commissioners then demand documents prepared by former DOJ lawyer Christian Adams as well as "writings or emails Mr. Coates prepared about the New Black Panther Party litigation or hostility to the race-neutral enforcement of the voting laws in the month preceding Mr. Perez’s testimony, particularly one on or about April 26, 2010."
Rubin also tells us that the commission, in a separate letter to Holder, urges him to waive any purported privileges so the commission can investigate some of the case's more explosive charges:
The letters are to be voted on and should go out this week according to sources. Don't expect Holder to allow his attorneys to testify freely or to give up incriminating documents. But when Republican chairmen take their seats in January the commission's letters could serve, Rubin says, "as a handy guide to drafting subpoenas."