Former DOJ employee cautions Senate against confirming ‘extreme’ nominee Perez
The Department of Justice whistleblower who resigned over the New
Black Panther Party voter intimidation case said President Barack
Obama’s labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez is the “most extreme
cabinet nominee in 70 years.”
J. Christian Adams, who worked for Perez at the Department of
Justice’s Civil Rights Division, sent a stern warning to the U.S. Senate
about Perez’s policies.
“Different business groups who don’t think the nominee matters should
pay close attention to Perez’s record,” Adams said in an interview with
the Washington Free Beacon. “People like Perez are very skillful at creatively ignoring the law to suit their own ends.”
Adams resigned from the Department of Justice in 2010 following the
dismissal of voter intimidation charges against two members of the New
Black Panther Party who had brandished weapons outside of a Philadelphia
election center two years earlier. He wrote a tell-all book exposing the racial politics of the Civil Rights Division under Perez.
A newly unveiled inspector general (IG) report on the division found that Perez interpreted voting protection laws “to not cover white citizens.”
Adams said the IG report confirmed what he had been saying about the Civil Rights division since his resignation.
“Here is the chief official for civil rights violating the letter of
the law to not protect certain people,” Adams said. “He not only harbors
this mindset, he facilitates it throughout the division. There are a
number of people who share that worldview in powerful positions right