"I did not lightly decide to comply with your subpoena in contradiction to the DOJ's directives not to testify. I had hoped that this controversy would not come to this point; however, I have determined that I will no longer fail to respond to your subpoena and thereby fail to provide this Commission accurate information pertinent to your investigation. Quite simply, if incorrect representations are going to successfully thwart inquiry into the systemic problems regarding race-neutral enforcement of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) by the Civil Rights Division (CRD)...that end is not going to be furthered or accomplished by my sitting silently by at the direction of my supervisors while incorrect information is provided...In giving this testimony I am claiming the protections of all applicable federal whistleblower statutes."
• Discriminated against white voters in dismissing the voter-intimidation case against two members of the New Black Panther Party and the party itself that arose from incidents at a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008.
• Had a general policy or practice in its Civil Rights Division of not enforcing voting laws when the subjects of complaints were racial minorities.
• Had a racially motivated policy of not enforcing Section 8 of the National Voting Rights Act, which requires states to remove ineligible voters from the voter rolls.
"To understand the irrationality of these articulated reasons for gutting the case, one only has to state the facts in the racial reverse. Assume that two members of the KKK, one of which lived in an apartment building that was being used as a polling place, showed up at the entrance in KKK uniform, and that one of the Klansmen was carrying a billy stick. Further assume that the two Klansmen were yelling racial slurs at black voters who were a minority of people registered to vote at this polling place, and the Klansmen were blocking ingress to the polling place....
In those circumstances, does anyone seriously believe that the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Right would content that on the basis of the facts and law, the CRD did not have a case under the VRA against this hypothetical Klansman because he resided in the apartment building where the polling place was located?"
"In November 2009, a...lunch was held by Ms. Fernandez on the subject of the NVRA. The NVRA has three provisions that have led to enforcement activity by the Voting Section...[2 of the provisions] require states to ensure that voter registration list maintenance be conducted so that registration lists do not have the names of persons who are no longer eligible to vote in the jurisdiction...
Ms. Fernandez stated that lsit maintenance had to do with the administration of elections. She went on to say that the Obama administration was not interested in that type of issue, but instead [was] interested in issues that pertained to voter access."
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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