President's most controversial Cabinet pick yet?

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," March 13, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: It appears that Obama just doesn't like to make things easy on himself. Now, if you thought Chuck Hagel and John Brennan were controversial nominees, wait until you hear who the president is reportedly looking at to be the next labor secretary. It's rumored that Obama will choose Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez.

And just like his past picks, this one is filled with controversy. Now, Perez currently oversees the civil rights division at the Justice Department, and under his leadership, the DOJ challenged state voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina. Now, opponents of the law say it restricts minority voting.

But that's not all. We're also learning that a new report released this week by the Department's inspector general slams Perez for misleading the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about the lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party back in 2008.

Joining me now to expose more on this possible pick, is syndicated columnist, author, Michelle Malkin. Michelle, welcome back.

MICHELLE MALKIN, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: Thanks for having me back, Sean.

HANNITY: Why should the president not go for the most controversial, radical people because they keep getting through? So, I would expect him to take his ideological comrades.

MALKIN: Yes. This is completely expected of course, and I think the ball is now in the court of the Republican Party to expose just how radical this assistant attorney general is. And I've reported extensively on Tom Perez's history as an extremist, race-baiter, and I think most troubling from my perspective, his long-time advocacy, not of American workers, but of illegal alien workers.

This is somebody who cut his teeth at Casa de Maryland which is one of the most activist open border groups in the country. It's funded by government. Millions of dollars from the state of Maryland and local governments, as well as the radical left wing billionaire George Soros' group, the Open Society Institute --

HANNITY: By the way, didn't they get $5 million in government grants?

MALKIN: They sure did, 5 million from the government, untold millions more from Open Society Institute and left wing progressive outfits like it. And my favorite, a million dollars from the late, departed thug Hugo Chavez's Citgo, believe it or not.


MALKIN: So, this is the money that's fueled this man and he has dedicated his career to expanding illegal alien benefits, everything from illegal alien college tuition discounts and Casa de Maryland really can claim credit for the kind of Dream Act, deferrals, and deportation waivers that are now policy enacted by executive fiat, by the Obama administration, things like driver's licenses for illegal aliens and blocking, local, state and federal cooperation on immigration enforcement and data bases, which I think is key when you're talking about national security issues.

HANNITY: What about the --

MALKIN: And then as you mentioned, all of the Labor Department -- all of the stuff that came out in this inspector general's report about all of the monkeying around and the unethical behavior by Tom Perez while he was AAG under the Obama administration's DOJ.

HANNITY: Why don't we go over the inspector general's report and what they're basically saying, misleading the commission on civil rights about the lawsuit, it relates to the new Black Panther Party. Back in 2008, those were the guys standing outside the polling place in Philly banging on batons and wearing military gear, as we are putting up on the screen here. Why don't you explain that?

MALKIN: Yes, just to set the context, remember that these thugs were harassing not only people who were voting at that Philadelphia precinct in the fall of 2008, but also harassing and hurling poisonous racial epithets and demagoguery and people who are trying to monitor the voting booth there. And thanks to brave whistle blowers within the DOJ, primarily J. Christian Adams, and Christopher Coates who is head of the voting rights section who blew the whistle on all the politicization, and the monkeying around by many of these appointees. The politicization of the decision to drop this case, even under though under the Bush administration, they had agreed that these people were culpable for violating voting rights laws.

HANNITY: But he also refused to honor the subpoenas. This is important thing --


HANNITY: Because, you know, thinking the position that he has, he has an obligation to do what is asked of him, and especially considering the position that he's in at DOJ.

MALKIN: Yes. That's right, instead of ensuring and protecting justice, this guy was obstructing it. And in addition to refusing to honor the subpoenas, of course, there was a lot of the wording in the federal judge's decision that he had blatantly misled the U.S. commission on civil rights, and I think that the report that came out as a result of Representative Wolf's request here also underscores all of that. I think that the phrase was polarization and mistrust.

In essence, this is somebody who has deliberately, selectively enforced a law in a racially, not neutral way, and all of that is dangerous and has implications for putting him in a position to be head of the Department of Labor.

HANNITY: All right, but considering that we've got Brennan has gotten through. Hagel has gotten through. Any chances could be stopped from your perspective?

MALKIN: A lot of grass roots conservatives and people familiar with Tom Perez's record had been doing everything they can to expose it. And my column on it which you can find on, and Christian Adams and a number of people who are so familiar with this guy's three-decade long record of championing racially selective enforcement of the law, and also championing illegal alien workers over American workers.

I think we need Republicans to do another filibuster and talk about the implications of this. Why not? Where are you? Where are the crusaders for American workers and people who abide by the law?

HANNITY: All right, Michelle Malkin, great report as always. Thanks for being with us.

MALKIN: You bet. Take care.

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