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Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Thomas Perez, the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division testified earlier this year that the decision to drop the charges against the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) in the now infamous voter intimidation case was one that didn't involve upper leadership or political appointees within the Department of Justice. Both J. Christian Adams, who resigned in order to testify that wasn't true, as well as Christopher Coates, who testified despite being directed by DOJ not to, contradicted Perez's claim.

Now, courtesy of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, we have a paper trail that backs up the testimony of Adams and Coates while pointing to perjury on the part of Perez as a distinct possibility. Judicial Watch, as part of its FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ), has acquired emails that show communication between Tom Perrelli and Sam Hirsch, both political appointees. In fact, Perrelli held the third highest position at the DOJ at the time.

HERE is the link to the email chain.

Via Judicial Watch:
The new documents include a series of emails between two political appointees: former Democratic election lawyer and current Deputy Associate Attorney General Sam Hirsch and Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli. Both DOJ officials were involved in detailed discussions regarding the NBPP decision. For example, in one April 30, 2009, email from Hirsch to Perrelli, with the subject title “Fw: New Black Panther Party Update,” Hirsch writes:


I need to discuss this with you tomorrow morning. I’ll send you another email on this shortly.

If you want to discuss it this evening, please let me know which number to call and when.
Serving as an added touch of quintessential irony is that Thomas Perez is the same guy whose name is at the top of the lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arapaio's Maricopa County over immigration enforcement. More on that HERE.

h/t to Washington Examiner

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