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Black Panther testimony to haunt Obama pick?
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(FOX NEWS) President Obama is set to nominate Justice Department official Thomas Perez for Labor secretary Monday — but the candidate could be haunted by a newly released report that found he gave incomplete testimony on the controversial decision to drop charges against members of the New Black Panther Party.
Perez, an assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, would replace Hilda Solis at Labor if confirmed by the Senate.
The new report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, though, is likely to provide fodder for Republicans. The report challenged testimony Perez gave to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, when he claimed in 2010 that no political leadership was involved in the decision to dismiss three of the four defendants in a lawsuit the George W. Bush administration brought against the New Black Panther Party. The high-profile case involved allegations of voter intimidation outside a Philadelphia polling place in the 2008 election.
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