Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold a full Committee hearing entitled "Mismanagement at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice." This hearing will examine a report released on March 12 by the Inspector
General regarding the politicization, polarization, and mismanagement occurring at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice--specifically the Division's Voting Section.
The findings of this report include evidence of inappropriate conduct by political appointees, harassment of employees because of their political views, selective enforcement of voting laws, and misleading testimony by the Division head--Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Chairman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) released the following statements in advance of tomorrow's hearing.
Chairman Goodlatte: "The Division is entrusted with the authority to protect the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, and to enforce laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and national origin. The report, however, describes a Division tainted by partisanship; unfairly favoring one group over another, both in its enforcement of the laws and in its workplace culture. These incidents raise serious questions about whether Division leadership has properly addressed them."
Subcommittee Chairman Franks: "It appears that, instead of correcting problems that may have existed within the Civil Rights Division during previous administrations, the current leadership within the Department of Justice has actually exacerbated them.
"Moreover, it would seem there are only two possibilities: either Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez allowed pervasive, hostile and inappropriate actions to occur or he was willfully ignorant of what was happening in the Division he is charged with running.
"The Justice Department is one of the federal government's most powerful agencies and the Civil Rights Division is one of the Department's largest components. The Civil Rights Division needs just and competent leadership to correct the egregious and dysfunctional operation of the Division that was uncovered in the IG Report."
Witnesses for tomorrow's hearing include:
Hans A. von Spankovsky, The Heritage Foundation;
Harry Mihet, Liberty Counsel;
Samuel Bagenstos, The University of Michigan Law School; and
J. Christian Adams, Election Law Center