On Monday, the White House officially withdrew the nomination of Debo Adegbile, who voluntarily defended cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division six months after the Senate rejected him.
Seven Democrats joined Republicans in January to reject Adegbile’s nomination by a 47-52 vote, and the White House announced Monday that “Adegbile has withdrawn himself from consideration for a position at the Department of Justice, and we are actively working toward announcing a new nominee for the post.”
After the National Fraternal Order of Police, which represents nearly 330,000 police officers, strongly opposed Adegbile’s nomination, Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) led the charge against his nomination. In an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, Cruz said Adegbile’s nomination was “insulting to law enforcement officers everywhere.”
National and grassroots conservatives fiercely opposed Adegbile, who also expressed anti-Second Amendment views, to head a Civil Rights Division that Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have already polarized.
Adegbile reportedly joined the WilmerHale law firm as a partner.