Reports that the Civil Rights Division is being politicized by the Administration -- by downgrading or ignoring recommendations of the professional staff, and through hiring decisions and in other ways -- are deeply troubling. Unfortunately, the straight answers to these questions that the public and the Senate deserve were largely absent from the testimony by the Administration’s witness at last week’s hearing.

When the President signed the Voting Rights Act just a few months ago, he pledged that his Administration would enforce the law with vigor. Oversight by Congress will be important to help ensure that.