Carney: Obama Won’t Weigh In On Justice Dept’s Zimmerman Case

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a Monday press briefing that President Barack Obama will not weigh in on whether the Justice Department should bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. 

“Cases are brought on their merits by the professionals at the Department of Justice,” he said, adding that “it would be inappropriate” for the president to comment on the matter.

Carney said he was not sure if Obama had spoken with Attorney General Eric Holder about the Zimmerman trial.


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