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SOTU and Voter Intimidation

The president asserted last night that his “administration has a Civil Rights Division (in the Dept. of Justice) that is once again prosecuting civil-rights violations.”

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights would be delighted to validate that claim. The Commission, however, is unable to do so because DOJ has failed to provide a rationale for, among other things, its dismissal of the voter-intimidation suit against members of the New Black Panther Party.

Both Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) and the Commission have made multiple requests of DOJ for such information over the last eight months, but no explanation has been offered. Perhaps the president could nudge the DOJ into responding to those requests so that the public could verify his assertion.

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