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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 10, 2010 09:43 AM

Our corruptocrat Attorney General Eric Holder continues to stonewall investigators probing the DOJ’s decision to drop default judgments in the New Black Panther Party 2008 voter intimidation case.

The Washington Times has the latest developments — and excoriates Democrats for looking the other way:

A Feb. 2 letter from Glenn A. Fine, inspector general for the Justice Department, to Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, ought to give pause to lawmakers of any party. In effect, the letter says there is no independent authority that can investigate any decision by the department to stonewall congressional inquiries. If the department refuses to answer congressional questions by asserting legal privileges that have never been recognized in U.S. history, the IG is powerless to assess allegations of certain sorts of departmental misconduct.

The letter from Mr. Fine explained why the IG says he is prohibited by law from reviewing whether the Justice Department or the White House allowed or instigated political interference in a decision to drop or reduce voter-intimidation charges against members of the New Black Panther Party. This means nearly a dozen separate requests from Mr. Wolf, Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, and other legislators for Black Panther-related information can be stonewalled by the Justice Department, as can inquiries and even subpoenas from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In short, the department is saying that it can ignore Congress with impunity.

The House Judiciary Committee’s Democrats, led by Chairman John Conyers of Michigan, voted on Jan. 13 to roll over like whipped puppies when presented with a resolution demanding answers from the Justice Department. On a 15-14 party-line vote, committee Democrats voted to look the other way rather than hold the department accountable to Congress. Seven other committee Democrats did not even have the courage to vote on the resolution.

A hearing by the Civil Rights Commission that had been schedule for Feb. 12 has been rescheduled for an as-yet determined date due to the snowstorms:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The United States Commission on Civil Rights has announced that due to inclement weather conditions expected over the next few days, it has postponed its hearing on the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation investigation hearing originally set for February 12, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. EST. A decision on a rescheduled hearing will be announced soon.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with monitoring federal civil rights enforcement. Members include Chairman Gerald A. Reynolds, Vice Chair Abigail Thernstrom, Commissioners Todd Gaziano, Gail Heriot, Peter N. Kirsanow, Arlan D. Melendez, Ashley L. Taylor, Jr., and Michael Yaki. Martin Dannenfelser is the Staff Director. Commission meetings are open to the general public. The Commission’s website is http://www.usccr.gov.

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