It appears the Department of Justice's stonewalling of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case may not have paid off. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is all set to close the investigation and issue its final report. But they also voted to delay issuing the report until one of the Democrats, Michael Yaki, is reappointed (if he is reappointed, although I would be surprised if he isn't; the law allows the President to select, without confirmation, 4 members, the Senate two, and the House two, and no party can have more than four members on the Commission; Yaki is one of those selected by the House). Three new members have been installed since last year; two were appointed by President Obama, and one of the Senate picks, Dina Titus, was appointed by Harry Reid a couple of months ago after Titus lost her House election.
The interim report itself (H/T: Jennifer Rubin) issues a recommendation (page 97 of the PDF) that consists of nothing more than asking Congress to address the very real conflict of interest between the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division/Department of Justice/Attorney General and the Commission; on more than one occasion, the DoJ and/or AG deliberately withheld information from the Commission that the Commission required. What the report also shows is the acrimony between the Democrats and Republican Vice-Chair Abigail Thernstrom against the others who believe there is something to the idea that there is a conscious effort from the DoJ to only investigate alleged voting rights violations by whites and ignoring the same violations from minorities; as stated in the press release for the report, testimony came out showing there is "reflected a culture within the Justice Department that believes voting rights laws should not be enforced in a race-neutral fashion." The testimony of two DoJ attorneys (J. Christian Adams, who is no longer with the DoJ, and Christopher Coates, who is still there) has not been challenged by the DoJ. Rubin ends with this:
And now the commission passes its findings on to Congress, specifically the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) I suspect he will pick up where the commission left off and demand the stonewalling come to an end.
Considering Democrats in Congress did absolutely nothing when they had the majority, and Democrats on the Commission, along with Thernstrom the Republican, assisted in whitewashing this (pardon the pun), the whole episode is but another example of the lawless Obama administration. Let's hope Rep. Smith has a bit more success.