President Barack Obama delivered a strong rebuke to senators from both parties who on Wednesday voted to scuttle his top civil rights nominee, Debo Adegbile, a lawyer who once defended a man who was convinced of killing a police officer in 1981.
"The Senate’s failure to confirm Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice is a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant," the president said in a statement. "Mr. Adegbile’s qualifications are impeccable. He represents the best of the legal profession, with wide-ranging experience, and the deep respect of those with whom he has worked. His unwavering dedication to protecting every American’s civil and Constitutional rights under the law – including voting rights – could not be more important right now."
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