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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:26 PM
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Justice Department Refuses to Provide Witness on Voting Section
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Justice Department Refuses to Provide Witness on Voting Section
July 16th, 2007 by Jesse Lee

Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced they have postponed a scheduled oversight hearing on the Justice Departments Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division because the Department refused to make Voting Section Chief John Tanner available to testify. The hearing was scheduled to take place tomorrow, July 17 at 10 am. In a letter to the Attorney General, sent today, they expressed their disappointment and urged him to reconsider the decision:

The Honorable Alberto Gonzales
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Mr. Attorney General:

The Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties scheduled an oversight hearing on the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division (CRT) for July 17th. We received an e-mail message on July 12th from the Department of Justices Office of Legislative Affairs informing the Committee of the Departments decision to send a Deputy Assistant Attorney General to testify instead of John Tanner, the Voting Section Chief, whom we requested.

We are disappointed by this decision. Brad Schlozman and Hans Von Spakovsky, both former senior Department of Justice officials who served in the CRT, recently testified before the Senate and stated that Mr. Tanner played a key role in the Departments decision to approve the Georgia Photo Identification law. In addition, there have been numerous articles and letters discussing serious matters that came before the Voting Section under Mr. Tanners leadership.

Mr. Tanners testimony is important to the Committees efforts to understand the manner in which the Department has implemented its legislative mandate. As Chief of the Voting Section, Mr. Tanner is personally familiar with the facts surrounding the Departments decisions in significant and controversial voting rights cases. We believe that his testimony is therefore necessary for the Committee to fulfill its oversight obligations.

We therefore ask that you make Mr. Tanner available to the Committee for testimony specifically concerning the activities of the Voting Section. We are postponing the July 17th hearing with the expectation that we will receive the full cooperation of the Department in this matter. We look forward to working with you to arrange a mutually agreeable time when Mr. Tanner can testify. Please contact the Judiciary Committee if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

John Conyers, Jr. Jerrold Nadler
Chairman Chairman, Subcommittee on the
Committee on the Judiciary Constitution, Civil Rights, and
Civil Liberties

cc: Hon. Trent Franks
Hon. Lamar Smith

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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:28 PM
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1. We need to stop with all this nicey-nice "asking". Save time- subpoena EVERYONE, every hearing.
I thinks we've seen enough of what "asking" gets us from
the most nakedly lawless misAdministration in US history,
haven't we?
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:33 PM
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2. Might as well go straight for the contempt, but I want to see them actually
carry that out. Start with Condi!
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:33 PM
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3. oh, but laying the groundwork
for having done everything 'by the book' is great, as long as there is eventually a forum in which being able to demonstrate that matters...

Adding up additional examples of recalcitrance, creating an overwhelming preponderance of evidence...

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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 05:51 PM
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4. Yes, I trust Congressman Conyers 100%. He must have a reason for his niceties.
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 06:10 PM
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5. I hope that is what is happening
My gut feeling is such.

Understandably infuriating for those who'd prefer to see change happen overnight.


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