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A series of major new developments threaten to expose the full extent of the Obama administration’s role in dismissing charges against the New Black Panther Party, an investigation that could reveal obstruction of justice and perjury.

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Most significantly, Christopher Coates, who was head of the Justice Department’s Voting Rights section at the time and suggested the case proceed, will testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Coates has been named as one career DoJ official who could verify J. Christian Adams’ claims that the Obama administration pressured lawyers to dismiss this case and all charges brought against minority groups.

Coates stated he will act “to comply with the outstanding subpoena served on me as part of [the Commission's] statutory investigation.”

The Commission called Coates to testify, but his superiors at the Department of Justice instructed Coates not to comply. Joseph H. Hunt specifically ordered him to ignore the subpoena. The DoJ also busted Coates down from his position as Voting Rights chief to a satellite office in South Carolina, on an 18-month assignment that conveniently prevented him from testifying.

In an understatement, the Commission said there has been a “dearth of cooperation” by the administration. Ironically, the Justice Department is suing Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for not cooperating with a suit it brought against him.

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The Black Panther case is quickly spinning out of control, threatening to expose the Obama administration’s role in perjury, obstruction of justice, and aiding voter intimidation that may lead directly to the office of the president.

Documents obtained by the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch this week revealed longtime Democratic Party lawyer Sam Hirsch, a political appointee, influenced Assistant Deputy Attorney General Steve Rosenbaum to drop the charges.

Today’s Washington Times adds the decision to drop the charges followed a meeting between a career official and Associate AG Thomas Perrelli, “the department’s No. 3 political appointee.”

However, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez testified under oath before the Civil Rights commission on May 14 that the decision was simply “a case of career [Justice Department] people disagreeing with career people.” He testified there had been no “political leadership involved in the decision not to pursue this particular case.”

The documents, known as the Vaughan Index, show Hirsch sent 58 e-mails about the case, including eight exchanges with Rosenbaum the day before the charges were dropped.

Officials must now investigate whether Perez committed perjury.

The voter intimidation charge is not the only amnesty being granted to the Black Panthers. Mike Roman at noted the two of the three Panthers charged — King Samir and Jerry Jackson — have a decades-long history of violence that includes “assault, robbery, domestic violence, and drug dealing.” Samir was accused of beating a man with a cane, similar to the weapon he wielded in the voter intimidation case. (Liberals have argued the duo did not actually threaten anyone, although that’s not how the voters felt.) Jackson has at least two first-degree felony convictions. Yet the pair have posed with guns, possession of which is itself a felony for ex-convicts. Roman asks, “Is [Jackson] getting a pass on gun charges too?”

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