Leahy Asks Whether Ingraham Should Be Investigated
On election day, right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham urged listeners to obstruct efforts to protect voting rights by jamming a free voter-protection hotline.
In a Senate Judiciary Commmittee hearing yesterday, Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) asked Wan Kim, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, whether his department would be investigating Ingraham’s phone jamming. Kim said Ingraham’s actions sounded like a “voter fraud scheme.”
I don't listen to Ingraham, but I wonder if she either apologized for her deplorable action, brushed it off as right-wing humor (as is the modus operandi of her friend, Ann Coulter), or do nothing.
Kim, who said the criminal division of the Justice Department would handle such matters, seemed to take the matter seriously:
LEAHY: According to press accounts, right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham, urged listeners of her radio show to jam a phone line set up by Democrats to investigate alleged voter irregularities. She told her listeners, everybody call that voting line all at the same time and basically mark it inoperative. ...
KIM: I share your concern about any sort of dirty trick or scheme to tell people not to vote or have people not vote because I agree with you that voting is the essence of our society and our democratic society and everyone who should vote should get out there and vote on Election Day.