J. Christian Adams, the career Justice Department attorney who compiled the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party that has become a distraction for the Obama administration, doesn’t hide his conservative leanings.
Adams attended at a panel discussion on civil rights at the conservative Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in Washington in November, where he asked a question that appeared critical of affirmative action.
“We’ve seen essentially at least five presidential elections go by where not a word is spoken in the debates about affirmative action, whether we should keep it, whether we should expand it,” Adams said. ”There’s been similar silence in congressional elections.”
He added: “Would you welcome a change where there’s a full and robust debate in this county about whether race-based preferences should continue, and if so, how long should they continue and under what circumstances? Or do you prefer that we maintain the status quo during election season about this issue?”
Adams addressed his question to a panel that included Peter Kirsanow, a George W. Bush appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which subpoenaed Adams a few weeks later to give a deposition about the DOJ’s decision to dismiss the Black Panther case. A lawyer representing Adams has been arguing to the Justice Department that his client has an obligation to comply with the subpoena.
Main Justice was in attendance at the November panel, where the photo of Adams displayed above was taken. The Federalist Society later posted a recording of the discussion, part of which is embedded below. Adams’ question is just after the four minute mark.