Justice Department Hiring Request Fuels Bias Complaints; 44 Civil Rights Lawyers Sought

Jerry Seper, Washington Times, May 8, 2013

Questions have surfaced over a Justice Department plan to hire 44 more attorneys for its Civil Rights Division, which has been accused of bias by members of Congress and been described in a government report as having deep ideological differences that have fueled disputes harmful to its operation.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s 2014 fiscal budget says the bulk of the attorneys being sought by the Justice Department are earmarked to help meet the “nation’s civil rights challenges,” to support the “department’s vigorous enforcement of federal civil rights laws” and to expand criminal enforcement efforts against “police misconduct.”

But several senior Republicans said the Civil Rights Division historically has hired lawyers based on their political views and not their legal experience, and changes need to be made before any new lawyers are brought on board.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it will take “a new kind of leadership” to eliminate the “politicization and polarization of the Civil Rights Division.”


Mr. Grassley noted that the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General first reported on the division’s politicized hiring policies in 2008 and found similar problems in a follow-up report in March.


Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican and chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice and science, has called for an independent review of the Civil Rights Division. He said the inspector general’s report made it clear that the division had become “a rat’s nest of unacceptable and unprofessional actions, and even outright threats against career attorneys and systemic mismanagement.”


Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, went to the Senate floor Wednesday to outline his opposition to the nomination of Thomas E. Perez, who heads the Civil Rights Division as an assistant attorney general, as President Obama’s labor secretary.

He said that under Mr. Perez, the Voting Rights Division compiled a “disturbing record of political discrimination and selective enforcement of our laws.” He said the inspector general’s report found that the Voting Rights Section under Mr. Perez’s leadership has become so politicized and so unprofessional that at times it became simply dysfunctional.



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  • Puggg

    Of course they’ll be political hacks. An IRS hack just admitted they’re targeting “tea party” and “patriot” orgs, and you know it goes all the way up to the top, i.e. Obama.

    • me

      Marxist takeover….

      • Room101

        The Obama administrations virtually forecloses the notion of the former United States as we once knew it.

        Oh well, we’ll get by.

  • sbuffalonative

    I’m sure Mr. Eric “my people” Holder is going to try to stack the deck with as many loyal party members as he can hire before he leaves.

  • dd121

    The problems of this country have gone farther than the hiring of a few lawyers. The solution, if there is to be one, will bounce higher than the normal political banter.

  • White Mom in WDC

    K? So what? Lawyers MAKE problems they don’t SOLVE problems.

    If people want to have civil rights, act civil!

    With rights come responsibility and it is everyone’s responsibility to behave with civility. Golden rule. Try that Holder!

  • Bill

    it will take “a new kind of leadership” to eliminate the “politicization and polarization of the Civil Rights Division.”

    Yeah. Like impeachment of a number of magic negroes at the top. The very top. AG and Prez to begin with.

    • Room101

      When White voters sweep Republican politicians into political office to run the government, all repukes do is suck up to Democrat media.
      Voting for repukes is an exercise in futility and gullibility.
      Voting democrap isn’t an option.

      The act of Voting isn’t really a worthwhile return on effort expended.

  • trayvon mautin

    holder is a high yellow like ovomit, rev right, ben jealous, farracant and the rest, these high yellow blacks are the most hateful of whites because they were rejected by both whites and blacks as kids. is why they are so angry and bitter. its laughable. small minded jerks all. and this low quality crap runs the country. human garbage all.

  • Jefferson

    “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s 2014 fiscal budget says the bulk of the attorneys being sought by the Justice Department are earmarked to help meet the “nation’s civil rights challenges,”

    What civil rights challenges ? Does America still have “Whites Only” restrooms, restaurants, shopping stores, and water fountains ?

    Even though it is 2013, leftists still believe Bantus have it just as bad today as they did in 1953.

    • Vyncennt

      Leftists believe that justice will only be served when whites have it as bad or worse than Bantus in 1953. They’re doing a bang up job of it too….

      • Room101

        No matter where you live in the world, if you’re a normal White person, you can clearly see all the institutions of society clamping down until they get their way. To treat people/taxpayers with White skin as an Enemy-of-the-State based on the color of his White skin, not his criminal record if any.

        Lots of people can clearly see what’s going on right before our very eyes.

    • The__Bobster

      Didn’t you hear? Amnesty is now a civil right.

  • This government is going to load every office it can before 2017. Then when it it is time for layoffs to trim government down they will be done in a manner to maintain demographics, i.e. white people will get the boot. When the young white people get the boot, there will only be older whites and blacks, and the offices will then be blacked.
    There was one that worked in the “facility” I used to work in who I saw one day going into the alley mid-day with a six-pack. I assume he figured that since he had survived so many rounds of layoffs that they would never let him go. Heard they shut his department down a month ago.

  • me

    Not too worried…..have you ever known any ‘minority’ appointee that hasn’t screwed up his or her career with criminal activity? They may be handed their position on a silver platter, but can they keep it, without getting caught with their fingers in the cookie jar? I doubt it….

    • Vyncennt

      ” but can they keep it, without getting caught with their fingers in the cookie jar? I doubt it….”

      That problem will fade away as those hired to police the minorities are also minorities. Crooked cops don’t arrest crooked cops for being crooked.

      • The__Bobster

        The Obongo administration has a track record of firing the whistle blowers.

    • josh

      Yes they have Bantus who will smoke pot,chase women,not show up etc ad nauseum. But the REAL work will be done by Ivy League “civil rights” lawyers. Guess what “group” those hyper-active cr lawyers will come out of??? Or should I say what species??

  • humura

    J. Christian Adams was a whistleblower from the Justice Dept. He showed how the leadership of the DoJ under Obama and Holder refuses to enforce the laws for all, but bends them and ignores them when Blacks might be hurt by enforcing them (as in the voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party). Adams’ book, Injustice, is somewhat tedious, but shows that the NBPP episode of favoritism toward Blacks who break the law is not the exception, but the rule under Obama-Holder. Hiring more of such pro-Black racist attorneys will only go further in destroying equality before the law in the US. Congress should cut the funding for such lawyers.

  • Tabludama

    Dont forget that Eric”my people” Holder has openly stated in Senate
    Judiciary Committee Hearings, that white Americans are not covered or
    protected by Federal Hate Crime laws against being violently attacked
    because of their race.


    Only Holder approved “protected groups” have this civil right.

    The takaways here are that only blacks can be victims of racist violence,
    all violently racist assaults are white on black, “civil rights” are
    special privileges that are given only to Holder approved protected
    groups, and all are equal in the eyes of the law but many are more equal
    than others.

    • Tired

      Holder is a child, all Americans should be embarrassed to have him in our government.

      He is one of many reasons I do not take our government to be a competent one.

  • Tired

    Holder is an insane child with a hammer. He exhibits all the traits of a hysterical diversity nut.

  • The__Bobster

    The last thing we need are another 44 entrenched White ACLU libtards and YT-hating darkies.

    • There will likely be few white hirees.

  • Talltrees

    And…they need to weed out the crooked liberal federal judges, as well.