Judicial Watch has uncovered a smoking gun that proves that Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez was (at the very least) wrong when he testified that no political appointees were involved in the decision to dismiss the voter intimidation charges against the Black Panthers:
COMMISSIONER KIRSANOW: Was there any political leadership involved in the decision not to pursue this particular case any further than it was?
ASST. ATTY. GEN. PEREZ: No. The decisions were made by Loretta King in consultation with Steve Rosenbaum, who is the Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General.
Using the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch obtained emails showing that Thomas Perrelli (the Associate Attorney General, which is the DOJ’s 3rd-ranking official and obviously a political appointee) discussed the matter at length with Sam Hirsch (one of Perrelli’s deputies, and other political appointee).
The exchange begins:
From: Hirsch, Sam Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2009 9:12 PM To: Perrelli, Thomas J. Subject: Fw: New Black Panther Party Update
I need to discuss this with you tomorrow morning. I’ll send you another email on this shortly.
If you want to discuss it this evening, please let me know which number to call and when.
The exchange contains two-and-a-half pages of redacted material and ends “Thanks. Sorry you had to stay so late.”
Thomas Perrelli is Thomas Perez’s immediate boss.
Perez must be called to account for his inaccurate sworn testimony, and with the new Congress, I expect he will be. If Perez wants to claim that he knew nothing of his boss’s involvement in the case, let him do so.