The Bushit made a joke out of the US Civil Rights Comission.
The Obama Administration is too chickenshit to flush that toilet.
During a heated hearing on Friday, the conservative majority of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights approved a motion asking Congress to give it permission to sue the Justice Department if the department does not cooperate with USCCR subpoenas, including those in its probe of the handling of a civil case against members of the New Black Panther Party.
The recommendation to Congress, which at least one commissioner said is unlikely to pass the legislative body, was authored by GOP-appointed but politically independent Commissioner Todd Gaziano of the conservative Heritage Foundation. It claims that DOJ “has an inherent conflict of interest when it would prefer not to cooperate fully with the Commission’s investigations of DOJ actions.”
Under the Commission’s proposal, Congress would amend the body’s statute so that it can request the Attorney General appoint a special prosecutor or allow the Commission to hire its own counsel to represent it in court when there is a conflict of interest, including in the New Black Panther Party case.
Democratically-appointed Commissioners Michael Yaki and Arlan Melendez as well as GOP appointee Abigail Thernstrom voted against the measure. Thernstrom has been critical of her colleague’s focus on the New Black Panther Party matter.
Yaki, a former senior adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told TPMMuckraker his conservative colleagues’ pursuit of the matter amounted to a “partisan witch-hunt and fishing expedition.” Read the rest of this entry »