April 23, 2024

Biden Judge Pick Tries to Weather Democrat Defections

The Biden White House and the Senate’s Democrat leaders are sticking by a nominee for an appeals courtroom emptiness with ties to anti-Israel and anti-police organizations, regardless of shaky support amongst some Democrats. 

Separately, a watchdog group raised questions in regards to the judicial nominee’s monetary disclosure report. 

In November, President Joe Biden nominated New York lawyer Adeel Mangi to be a decide on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the third Circuit, which hears circumstances from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Virgin Islands. 

In a party-line vote in January, the Senate Judiciary Committee superior the nomination of Mangi, a associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York City.

But this month, Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Joe Manchin of West Virginia introduced their opposition to Mangi, whereas different Senate Democrats in battleground states had been noncommittal when requested about Biden’s nominee. 

With a skinny working majority of 51-49 within the Senate, confirming  the Pakistani-American lawyer might require a herculean effort by Democrats to spherical up sufficient votes.

Mangi, who if confirmed can be the primary Muslim to serve on a federal appeals courtroom, was a member of the advisory board for Rutgers Law School’s Center for Security, Race and Rights from 2019 to 2023. Critics say the middle is an anti-Israel group with ties to a convicted terrorist. 

Mangi, born in 1977, additionally served on the board of the Legal Aid Society of New York from 2017 to 2021, when the group advocated defunding the New York Police Department. 

And Biden’s nominee was on the advisory board of the Alliance of Families for Justice, an anti-incarceration group co-founded by Kathy Boudin, a former member of the Weather Underground, a home terrorism group throughout the Seventies. 

Last week, the American Accountability Foundation, a conservative authorities watchdog, wrote to Mangi asking him to withdraw from consideration for failing to report purchasers on his monetary disclosure kind submitted to the Senate. 

The group famous that Mangi reported incomes $2.3 million in 2022 and $4.4 million in 2023 as a associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.

“The real concern with his nomination has been his affiliation with radicals at Rutgers, but the financial disclosure issues just highlight how he is hiding things,” Tom Jones, president of the American Accountability Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “If he is confirmed, who knows what we will later find out about who his clients were?” 

Cortez Masto introduced final week that her largest concern in confirming Mangi is his affiliation with the Alliance of Families for Justice. 

“This organization has sponsored a fellowship in the name of Kathy Boudin, a member of the domestic terrorist organization Weather Underground, and advocated for the release of individuals convicted of killing police officers,” Cortez Masto said

In February, the conservative authorized group Judicial Crisis Network launched a digital advert marketing campaign in Pennsylvania and Montana opposing Mangi’s nomination due to his previous affiliations. 

“Why are Senate Democrats so eager to advance a radical antisemite to a lifetime appointment on the federal bench?” JCN President Carrie Severino mentioned in a public assertion saying the advert purchase. “Mangi is an unconscionable choice for the 3rd Circuit and President Biden should promptly withdraw his nomination.”

In a press release, Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., characterised opponents of the Muslim lawyer’s nomination as “Islamophobic.”

In a thread on X, previously Twitter, Durbin wrote: “Senate Republicans are falsely accusing him of antisemitism.”

“The truth: Mr. Mangi has unequivocally denounced any acts of terrorism, antisemitism, or bigotry repeatedly,” Durbin mentioned. “He’s earned the support of groups representing over a million Jewish Americans.”

The Anti-Defamation League, a liberal Jewish group, mentioned in a January assertion that Mangi had been mistreated throughout his Senate affirmation listening to the month earlier than. 

Durbin additionally argued that Mangi by no means personally represented an accused cop killer. Still, the lawyer’s affiliation with the Alliance of Families for Justice drew criticism from the Police Conference of New York, which represents greater than 50,000 police professionals.

“The fact that the Alliance, with Mr. Mangi’s support, praises these cop-killers as leaders to follow and is calling for their release is an affront to the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities,” the police group mentioned in opposing his nomination by the president.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended the Mangi nomination final week in response to a query about Cortez Masto’s announcement of her opposition. Jean-Pierre asserted that Biden is pleased with the nomination. 

“Mr. Mangi, who has lived the American dream and proven his integrity, is being targeted by a malicious and debunked smear campaign solely because he would make history as the first Muslim to serve as a federal appellate judge,” Jean-Pierre informed reporters. “Senate Democrats should side with the qualities that make America exceptional, which Mr. Mangi embodies, not the hateful forces trying to force America into the past.”

The response to presidents’ judicial nominations has grown more and more partisan, however that is the primary Biden nominee to draw opposition from fellow Democrats, mentioned Tom Jipping, a senior authorized fellow at The Heritage Foundation, which is the father or mother group of The Daily Signal.

The possible end result is that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., gained’t schedule a ground vote on Mangi, mentioned Jipping, a former chief counsel to Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

“Democrats won’t hold a vote if they think they will lose,” Jipping informed The Daily Signal. “The majority leader doesn’t have to schedule a vote. Democrats could just leave it on the calendar until the August recess. Biden won’t have to withdraw the nomination and the Senate won’t have to defeat a nomination. Even if Biden is reelected, he doesn’t have to renominate Mangi.”

Rutgers University’s Center for Security, Race and Rights hosted an occasion in 2021 titled “Whose Narrative? 20 Years Since September 11, 2001” that featured former professor Sami al-Arian, who helped fund the group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Washington Free Beacon first reported. 

“My role on the advisory board did not extend to or include providing advice or approval on the selection of speakers, speaker events, lectures, or workshops,” Mangi wrote in response to questions from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the highest GOP senator on the Judiciary Committee.

The Rutgers heart promoted a March 2021 occasion backing the anti-Israel motion referred to as BDS, an acronym for boycott, divest and sanction.

Schumer, who’s Jewish, has led bipartisan opposition to the BDS motion, which is broadly considered as antisemitic. 

During his December affirmation listening to, Mangi mentioned he was not conscious of the rhetoric of the teams he was affiliated with. 

“Any acts of antisemitism, or any bigotry including anti-Muslim bigotry, on college campuses is appalling,” Mangi mentioned. “My children will be going to universities. I want them to feel safe, and I want the children of my Jewish friends and colleagues to feel safe.”

In his written response to Graham’s questionnaire, Mangi mentioned he donated to the Rutgers group and facilitated donations from his legislation agency to the middle. 

“My records reflect donations to the Rutgers University Foundation in the amounts of $500 (2018), $2,500 (2019), $1,500 (2020), and $2,000 (2021),” Mangi wrote in response to Graham. “These donations were all intended to support the academic research of the Center for Security, Race and Rights at Rutgers Law School to oppose bigotry and discrimination and to advance religious liberty.”

His legislation agency contributed one other $13,000 to the Rutgers heart, Mangi wrote. 

In 2020, whereas Mangi was nonetheless on its board, the middle held an occasion titled “White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America.” 

Mangi was now not on the board Oct. 7, when Hamas terrorists slaughtered about 1,200 civilians in southern Israel. 

After these assaults, nevertheless, the middle posted on X: “To assess Hamas’s October 7th operation and the Israeli regime’s subsequent response in isolation is to ignore over 75 years of colonial violence and the horrific consequences born out of these decades of oppression and attempted erasure.”

The center’s website says it opposes all discrimination, asserting: “The Center for Security, Race and Rights works across racial and religious lines to address the underlying structural and systemic causes of Islamophobia and xenophobia against people of Arab, African, and South Asian descent.”

Opposition to Mangi is a “smear” and “madness” to maintain Muslims out of public service, mentioned Ahmed Mitchell, nationwide director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. 

“The anti-Muslim tropes used to target Adeel Mangi are not only meant to block a judicial nominee, but to deter American Muslims from pursuing public service,” Mitchell said in a written assertion final week. “This manufactured controversy also shows the unintended consequences of the McCarthy-like witch hunt that far too many Democratic politicians helped unleash against American Muslim students, workers and elected officials in recent months to silence their advocacy for Palestinian human rights.”