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Ex-Justice Official: Sharpton Wields Strong Influence at DOJ

By    |   Friday, 05 December 2014 02:44 PM

A Loretta Lynch Justice Department will continue the divisive, race-conscious policies of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, and with black activists, such as the Rev. Al Sharpton retaining influence over federal law-enforcement matters, a former Justice Department official told Newsmax TV on Friday.

"The influence is even bigger than the press realizes," former DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.

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"The influence goes down to the grassroots level inside the Justice Department, where people inside DOJ take cues from what these far-left race organizers say," said Adams. "They don't have to get an email or a visit at the Justice Department to know what the agenda is of the race left: They just listen to what Al Sharpton's saying and they act accordingly."

Adams, who joined the department under President George W. Bush, resigned in 2010 and publicly accused the Obama administration of spiking a voter-intimidation case that he had helped to build against the New Black Panthers in Philadelphia.

Adams wrote about his tenure and the aftermath in a controversial book, "Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department."

On Friday, Adams discussed ongoing federal civil-rights probes into the deaths of three African-Americans: Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin.

Adams predicted that in Ferguson, Missouri, "there will be no civil rights case" against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot the unarmed Brown, 18, in a confrontation on Aug. 9 and was spared indictment by a grand jury — a ruling that was met with another round of violent protests in Ferguson.

"I don't think there's going to be a prosecution in Ferguson, so this is all theater," said Adams, citing sources with knowledge of internal DOJ deliberations. "The fact that there is an investigation is all theater to keep the base happy and angry and stoked up."

Adams said the Garner case, in which a New York City police officer was also spared indictment, "might be different." Garner, 43, died during an arrest attempt on July 17 for illegally selling cigarettes, after he was pulled down with a chokehold.

The incident was captured on video, and protests in several cities — peaceful by comparison to Ferguson — have greeted the grand jury's clearing of the officer, Daniel Pantoleo, who applied the chokehold. He remains under internal investigation by the New York Police Department.

Adams added that potential civil-rights charges are still hanging over George Zimmerman, the Florida Neighborhood Watch volunteer who in 2012 shot and killed the unarmed Martin, 17, and was acquitted in a trial.

"That case is actually technically still open," said Adams. "Eric Holder hasn't closed it."

In the Ferguson matter, Adams said that the FBI has briefed Holder and told him there is no case to be had. Wilson has left the Ferguson force and remains in seclusion, with former coworkers volunteering as bodyguards because he has faced death threats.

But Adams said it serves Holder's political purposes to not let Wilson off the hook.

"Holder gets a benefit from tantalizing his base about possible charges and keeping these things open — and causing incredible grief for the police officers involved by threatening a case as opposed to actually bringing one," said Adams.

He predicted more of the same if Lynch, a federal prosecutor in New York, is confirmed as his successor.

"The most dangerous part of it is, she gets a clean slate and a sizable percentage of the country will say, 'Oh, Holder's gone; everything must be better,'" said Adams. "But, in fact, the truth will be very different."

He said it's no stretch to suggest that President Barack Obama's choice of Lynch was strongly influenced if not orchestrated by New York-based Sharpton — whose denouncements of police in Ferguson and New York have brought counter-charges that he is fueling, not quelling, racial animus and violence.

"Al Sharpton said that he's going to play a role in the selection of the next attorney general," said Adams. "We know that Loretta Lynch comes from Al Sharpton's backyard. We know that Al Sharpton has boasted about his role."

Adams said that Holder and Obama both have allowed their political allegiances to African-Americans, who overwhelmingly support Democrats, guide their policies.

"They call Al Sharpton when they want to know the names of who ought to be the new attorney general," said Adams. "They consult with the most radical racial elements in this country. So it's not so much that Holder and Obama are black as it is that their political operations completely centers on racial issues."

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