Civil Rights Commission to Holder: Stop stonewalling

Gerald A. Reynolds, the chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, sent a stern warning letter (media.sfexaminer.com/documents/holder.pdf ) today to Attorney General Eric Holder, requesting that he “instruct Department officials to fully cooperate…with our overdue information requests” regarding DOJ’s decision not to prosecute the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation in Philadelphia.

Commissioners received “none of the documents we requested” in response to two letters they sent in June requesting “information on previous voter intimidation investigations so we could determine whether the Department’s action in the NBPP case constitutes a change in policy,” and “determine whether any decisions in the case were induced or affected by improper influences,” Reynolds wrote. He also reminded Holder that he is statutorily required to “fully cooperate” with the independent commission.

If DOJ officials continue stonewalling and do not identify the “individual with substantive responsibility for the production of documents, scheduling of interviews and any possible depositions” by Oct. 14, Reynolds warned, the commission will start interviewing DOJ employees themselves.
 

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