Ted Cruz Leads Senate Democrats to Dump Obama’s Cop Killer Advocate to DOJ

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today numerous Democrats in the U.S. Senate joined Republicans in an effort to block President Obama's nomination for the head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. The nominee, Debo Adegbile, was rejected by a vote of 47-52 after Texas Senator Ted Cruz vehemently spoke out in opposition to Adegbile's nomination. Adegbile previously held a leadership position at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). During his time with the black activist group, Adegbile volunteered to defend Mumia Abu-Jamal, the criminal who murdered Philadelphia cop Daniel Faulkner in 1981. Thanks to Adegbile and his colleagues, Abu-Jamal ultimately avoided the death penalty. 

Abegbile needed 51 votes to officially become the head of the powerful DOJ division. He is now the first of President Obama’s nominees to be rejected since Senate Democrats changed filibuster rules in 2013. 

As Breitbart Texas reported yesterday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz spoke out in opposition to Adegbile's nomination and urged others to do the same. On the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, Cruz said, "Mr. President, this is insulting to law enforcement officers everywhere. I stand with the Fraternal Order of Police in opposition to Debo Adegbile."

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) shared Cruz's sentiment and said, "He decided to join a political cause … and in my view, by doing so he demonstrated his own contempt for — and frankly a willingness to undermine — the criminal justice system of the United States. I do not believe that Mr. Adegbile’s nomination is consistent with justice for the family of officer Danny Faulkner or for anyone else that cares about the law enforcement community."

Even several Democrats spoke out against Adegbile. 

Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said, "It is important that we ensure that Pennsylvanians and citizens across the country have full confidence in their public representatives - both elected and appointed. The vicious murder of Officer Faulkner in the line of duty and the events that followed in the 30 years since his death has left open wounds for Maureen Faulkner and her family as well as the City of Philadelphia."

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Chris Coons of Delaware joined Casey in voting against the nomination. 

The Fraternal Order of Police sent a letter to Obama in January, in which they vehemently opposed Adegbile; five other law enforcement agencies followed suit soon thereafter. In addition, Faulkner's widow, Maureen Faulkner, launched a petition against Obama's nomination. 

The media outcry began in large part thanks to former DOJ Civil Rights Division attorney and whistleblower J. Christian Adams. Slain officer Daniel Faulkner’s widow Maureen also fought against Adegbile’s nomination as she has consistently done to defend her husband’s honor since 1981.

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