The Investigations Begin: Holder on the Hot Seat in Black Panther Case

by Ben Johnson

New Congressional leaders have begun their investigations into the most potent scandal facing the Obama administration, one that seems destined to expose injustice at the highest levels of government. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-TX, the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has opened a probe into the Justice Department’s handling of the Black Panther case in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. Smith is looking into whether the case’s dismissal, and the underlying culture of the department’s Voting Rights division, show a decision to deny justice to a broad category of Americans based on race. In the five-page letter, Smith writes, “Allegations that the Civil Rights Division has engaged in a practice of race-biased enforcement of voting rights law must be investigated by the Committee.”

In his sworn testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, whistleblower Christopher Coates — who then headed the Voting Rights division — testified to a “deep-seated opposition to the equal enforcement of the” law “for the protection of white voters.” J. Christian Adams agreed that the department indicated it would not prosecute cases against a minority defendant on behalf of a white plaintiff. Coates remembered Julie Fernandes, Obama’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, telling DoJ employees “the Obama administration was only interested in bringing…cases that would provide political equality for racial and language minority voters.”

Four other employees have spoken of the department’s hostility to enforcing the law against minorities, two having sworn affidavits to that effect.

Smith singled out the another reported refusal by Fernandes in his letter: an alleged determination not to enforce a provision of the National Voter Registration Act (known as the “Motor Voter Law”) requiring localities to purge the voting rolls of dead and ineligible voters. Smith asked if Fernandes opted to “explicitly or implicitly direct Voting Section staff not to enforce any section of any federal rights statute.”

Fernandes seems to have admitted as much in public. Discussing that specific section, she publicly stated, “We have no interest in enforcing this provision of the law. It has nothing to do with increasing turnout, and we are just not going to do it.”

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The refusal to enforce any law is troubling in itself. The well-grounded possibility that the federal government is denying justice on racial grounds is a fundamental perversion of government that strikes at the very heart of our national principles. In endorsing an investigation, National Review‘s Andrew McCarthy wrote, “It is a grave violation of law for the Justice Department to practice racial discrimination in deciding which cases it will bring, to determine that Americans of one race or class are not entitled to the same protection as all Americans…Under the Constitution, it is Congress’s obligation to stop it.”

Congress similarly has the duty to determine where this policy originated, and whether officials who publicly deny its existence are guilty of perjury or obstruction of justice. Thomas Perez, the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, testified on May 14 that the decision to drop the case was simply “a case of career people disagreeing with career people,” and that no “political leadership involved in the decision not to pursue this particular case.” However, the watchdog group Judicial Watch has uncovered proof of significant political involvement in lobbying on behalf of the Panthers. Did Perez commit perjury? If so, how high did the political pressure go? Who handed down the decision to dispense race-based “justice”? How high does the cover-up of this decision reach? Namely, did the attorney general or the president of the United States himself suborn perjury?

Answering these questions will require vigilance and indefatigable tenacity. Their answers threaten to blow apart the Justice Department and possibly uncover an ugly core of racial discrimination at the heart of the Obama administration.

About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website,, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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28 Responses to The Investigations Begin: Holder on the Hot Seat in Black Panther Case

  1. No kidding! Holder is the worst Attorney General (sic!) in history as
    well as being arrogant, supremely racist, stupid, low class and vile –
    second only to Obummer who cheers him on. This regime has set
    race relations back in this country. I hope that the African American
    community sees Obummer & Co. as the hypocrites they are. They are
    not for you – they are for themselves. These are disgraceful times for
    America, but I’m confident that we will see all of them imprisoned &
    tried for their high crimes against We the People! And let’s hang Soros
    and feed him to the pigs while we’re at it!

  2. Shucksters says:

    I'd love to see Holder in jail for the next 40 years. Let's back Lamar Smith!

  3. Highsider says:

    I'm hoping that by the time Panthergate is all out in the open that we'll see lots of these socialists hanging by their toes over a slow fire.

  4. ANTICRIME says:

    Eric Holder needs to be removed from his ILLIGITIMATE APPOINTMENT as USAG and ARRESTED for TREASON in aiding and abetting those committing treason within government, especially his boss Obama who is not Constitutionally eligible to have appointed him AG in the first place!

  5. hijinx60 says:

    If (hehe) Obama is involved in this, he and Holder, as well as Fernandez, need to be booted ( literally ) out of office.

  6. whackajig says:

    Can we bring back hanging in public?

  7. Raymond says:

    The Magic Green Hat

    The other day I needed to go to the emergency room.
    Not wanting to sit there for 4 hours, I put on my MAGIC GREEN HAT.
    When I went into the E.R., I noticed that 3/4 of the people got up and left.
    The hate says: US BOARDER PATROL.

    I guess they decided that they weren't that sick after all. Cut at least 3 hours off my waiting time.

    It also works at DMV. It saved me 5 hours.

    At the Laundromat, three minutes after entering, I had my choice of any machine, most still running.

    But…don't try it at McDonald's. The whole crew got up and left and l never got my order!

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      You know this is true and your right it's the only way to not sit in an emergency room or at the DMV.You make my day.

  8. ImpeachZero says:

    So we get to watch the dog and pony show over and over. The republicans are now the stars in this show. Bull crap!! why go for all these bills and try to remove them???? JUST REMOVE THE FRAUD IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!! that will make all this void. No media no libril crap just the workings of the laws and constitution. Simple!! But we have to go threw the show and it gets watered down and becomes personal attacks on the republicans. Like trying to fight a war using toddlers. Get Oblunder out and it stops all this.. This is costing our children money as we watch the show. Pop corn peanuts anyone

  9. paddy0071946 says:

    I continue with my idea that the best way to end most of the problems in America and with our corrupt Gov't is to charge, arrest, and out on trial Obammy boy and his entire crew of crooked czars, for treason and other high crimes. They will are be found guilty!! Trust me on this. Then after sentencing, which will result in massive firing squads being set up to fullfill the punishment for their crimes, all these men and women will be gone for good, never to return to decief us again. End of story. This my friends, I believe is the most economical manner in which to deal with these criminals.

    • jimtibbs says:

      That would probably work. The problem that it would then create would be the afro-americans crying racist, and wanting to involve the NAACP, and Al Sharpton. Then would come the NBBP, crawling out from under every rock in sight, and out of every alley in town. It would be funny. Just think of what would happen if Oblunder were to be impeached. Another civil war.

      • ANTICRIME says:

        The LAW is the law and we must not worry about who's feet we are going to step on that do not like the outcome of JUSTICE! To avoid prosecuting criminals for fear of retaliation is to be CONTROLLED by those very criminals and their associates! JUSTICE is to be served and anyone standing in its way shall also receive due process and justice for their acts!

  10. Raymond says:


    The United States of Islam

  11. Edwardkoziol says:

    Holder wouldn't dare to go after the black panthers or acorn because he knows that the black organizations like the naacp would tear his testicles off ,so he has to go after Arizona.This is what his boss Barack Insane Obuma told him to do"Whites Only"

  12. Raymond says:

    The Obama Stamp

    The Postal Service created a stamp with a picture of Barack Obama. The stamp was not sticking to envelopes. This enraged Obama, who demanded a full investigation.

    After a month of testing, a special commission presented the following findings:

    1) The stamp is in perfect order.

    2) There is nothing wrong with the applied adhesive.

    3) People are spitting on the wrong side

  13. Raymond says:


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