Put up your dukes: Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias went down fighting after the administration tried to claim he was fired for performance-related issues. He has since provided much insight into the U.S. attorneys scandal.
Ousted U.S. Attorney David Iglesias says he believes he was fired, in part, for failing to meet the obsessive demands of a nonprofit organization with ties to the Republican Party that allegedly sought to limit the voting rights of minorities. Is there a more heinous political practice than the disenfranchisement of minority voters after so long a struggle?
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McClatchy Newspapers has found that this election strategy was active on at least three fronts:
- Tax-exempt groups such as the American Center and the Lawyers Association were deployed in battleground states to press for restrictive ID laws and oversee balloting.
- The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division turned traditional voting rights enforcement upside down with legal policies that narrowed rather than protected the rights of minorities.
- The White House and the Justice Department encouraged selected U.S. attorneys to bring voter fraud prosecutions, despite studies showing that election fraud isn’t a widespread problem.
Nowhere was the breadth of these actions more obvious than at the American Center for Voting Rights and its legislative fund.