When Democrats still controlled the Senate, Harry Reid implemented what is known as the “nuclear option.” Because Republicans were resisting Obama’s appointments and stopping the Democrats from getting the necessary 60 votes for a confirmation, Harry Reid lowered the threshold to 51 votes for non-Supreme Court confirmations.
Their goal was to push more of Obama’s nominees through, which is what they did. However, not all the confirmations went so smoothly.
Debo Adegbile was the first Obama nominee to fail to be confirmed in Reid’s post-nuclear Senate. His nomination was soundly defeated by a vote of 47-For, 52-Against.
If that name rings a bell, it should. Debo Adegbile was the lawyer behind Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeals. Abu-Jamal was convicted in the now-infamous shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner and was sentenced to life in prison.
Officer Faulkner had stopped Jamal's brother in a traffic stop. While making the stop, Mumia Abu-Jamal ran from across the street and shot at Officer Faulker five times, hitting him in the back and then in face. Officer Faulkner died at the scene.
When Adegbile was nominated to lead the Justice Department’s Office of Civil Rights, the Senate soundly rejected him.
Now, Obama has circumvented the United States Congress to appoint Debo Adegbile to a 6-year term on US Commission on Civil Rights!
This is unprecedented in modern history. First of all, we’ve never had a cop killer’s defense attorney nominated to work in the DOJ. But we have also never had a lame-duck President bypass Congress to put that same person into a 6-year governmental position. It’s just madness…
The Fraternal Order of Police sees this as Obama sending a clear message to police officers who helped to elect Donald Trump. John McNesby, the President of the Philadelphia FOP chapter, described this as a “kick in the teeth to the cops.”
This is his parting gift to the American law enforcement officer. Instead of giving police the tools to do their jobs, he has appointed a cop killer’s attorney to the governmental body that will judge police officers’ actions for the next six years…
For decades, Adegbile has held that his client’s conviction was unjust because the jury was racially biased. His client killed a police officer in cold blood, was convicted, and was sentenced for his crime. But he has fought tirelessly to get that conviction overturned.
American law enforcement officers need a champion, not someone who will criticize their every single move. Think of all the tragedy we've had this year where police officers were ambushed during traffic stops. Now, a lawyer who defended these types of ambush killings will be judging police actions.
Congress rejected Adegbile. Now, with just days left in office, President Obama has snuck him into an even higher position and completely bypassed Congress.
This is unacceptable!
Where there is racial bias in law enforcement, we will fight to stomp it out and hold those people accountable. But this is just going too far.
Hillary Clinton ran on a message that law enforcement officers were racists. Actually, in one of the debates, she argued that not only were police officers racists, but that we all were racists…
“Implicit bias is a problem for everyone. Not just police," Clinton said in the first debate, "I think unfortunately too many of us in our great country jump to conclusions about each other.”
She was soundly defeated. The “racism is everywhere” argument of Barack Obama and Debo Adegbile was soundly defeated.
So what does the President do? Does he accept defeat? No. He just shoved this appointment down our throats.
Congress has the power to intervene and fight this, but only if you rise up and DEMAND that they make it a priority!