Shadow of the Panther

Part 2 of Megyn Kelly’s interview with former Department of Justice attorney Christian Adams aired yesterday (the YouTube video below is cut off a little early; the interview is also posted in full here). See also Kelly’s interview with attorney Bartle Bull.
Adams resigned in protest over the department’s treatment of the New Black Panther Party case. Adams has written about the case in explosive columns for the Washington Times and Pajamas Media.
Adams writes in his Washington Times column: “The New Black Panther case was the simplest and most obvious violation of federal law I saw in my Justice Department career. Because of the corrupt nature of the dismissal, statements falsely characterizing the case and, most of all, indefensible orders for the career attorneys not to comply with lawful subpoenas investigating the dismissal, this month I resigned my position as a Department of Justice attorney.”

Adams is a protagonist in this story with first-hand knowledge of the Department of Justice’s machinations in the case. His accounts of what transpired are credible and devastating. Did Eric Holder approve of the dismissal of the case against the NBPP? Adams provides ground for concluding that he did.
The department has responded by characterizing Adams as a conservative and a disgruntled employee. As Adams states in the interview with Kelly and as Roger Simon reports, Adams was disgruntled only about the department’s disgusting treatment of the NBPP case. He was otherwise fully gruntled.
Adams is not the only career Department of Justice attorney whose career has been adversely affected by the case. Adams’s senior Department of Justice colleague on the case was career attorney Christopher Coates. Coates has been exiled to South Carolina. What was his offense?
A Google News search on “Washington Post Christian Adams” and “New York Times Christian Adams” turns up only my own posts noting the lack of interest in the case on the part of the Post and the Times. Yet the case has all the ingredients of a major scandal if a single standard were applied to these matters.
Rush Limbaugh turned his attention to the case yesterday. So word has gotten out. Even the Associated Press covered the story yesterday. AP reporter Jesse Washington quotes Jennifer Rubin on the case and he does a creditable job with the story.
If the mainstream media did not have an intolerably high threshold for embarrassment, professional pride among the AP’s colleagues would dictate that they take an interest in it too.

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