Republican senators are growing increasingly incensed over the Obama administration’s choice to head the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. Few more so than Sen. Ted Cruz from the Lone Star state.
He took to the Senate floor Tuesday to speak of his concerns over nominee Debo Adegbile’s association with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund when he volunteered to defend Mumia Abu-Jamal, the murderer of Philadelphia cop Daniel Faulkner in 1981.
Mr. President, this is insulting to law enforcement officers everywhere. I stand with the Fraternal Order of Police in opposition to Debo Adegbile,” Cruz began.
Adegbile described his role as Abu-Jamal’s defense lawyer as “a great honor,” a fact not missed by Cruz.
“We all should agree that violent criminals should be punished and we all should agree that those who go out of their way to celebrate, to lionize, convicted cop killers are not suitable for major leadership roles at the Department of Justice,” Cruz said. “Under Adegbile’s supervision, LDF lawyers fanned the flames of racial tension through rallies and protests and a media campaign all to portray Mumia Abu-Jamal, an unrepentant cop killer, as a political prisoner.”
A vote on Adegbile’s nomination is scheduled for Wednesday. Only a simple majority — 51 votes — are required for approval.
Watch the floor speech below, then check out “Obamas set new record for vacation travel expenses; stonewalled documents finally released.”
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