Republicans stepped up their criticism of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez on Tuesday, saying he misled the Senate about a controversial whistleblower case at his confirmation hearing for Secretary of Labor.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a longtime defender of whistleblower laws, is among a group of Republicans in Congress who say their oversight investigation already has uncovered an inappropriate quid pro quo deal orchestrated by Perez in the Minnesota whistleblower case last year. Perez leads the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Republicans say their investigation found the Justice Department had agreed to a "secret deal" to not join the whistleblower case against the city of St. Paul, ultimately dooming the case. In exchange, the city dropped its appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court in an unrelated case that could have affected the department's ability to use the disparate impact theory in fair housing cases.