Concord – President Barack Obama today officially withdrew the radical nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. In March, Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted with a minority of senators to confirm Adgebile, who used groundless charges of racism to try to free a convicted cop killer. His nomination was rejected by a 47-52 bipartisan vote.
“Debo Adegbile was the wrong person for the job, and Senator Shaheen’s support for this radical nomination reminds New Hampshire that she blindly votes with President Obama 99 percent of the time. Senator Shaheen ignored the serious concerns voiced by New Hampshire’s law enforcement community because she is incapable of standing up to the president and providing independent leadership for her constituents.” said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. “We are pleased that this outrageous nominee failed to gain the support needed to serve in this critical position.”
Politico reports that Adegbile drew opposition from national law enforcement organizations for his work representing Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. The Fraternal Order of Police and the National Association of Police Officials, which described Adegbile as someone who “made his name defending one of the most notorious and unrepentant cop killers around,” vigorously opposed the nomination.
Roll Call reports that Shaheen ran away from Capitol Hill reporters when asked about her decision following the vote. “I think he’s well qualified,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said of Adegbile as she rushed into an elevator.