Senate Democrats Warn That Biden Judicial Nominee Lacks Support

Senate Democrats recently warned the White House about a controversial judicial nominee associated with radical leftist groups lacking votes to obtain confirmation.

President Joe Biden recently nominated Adeel Mangi to serve on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in November 2024, according to the Washington Free Beacon. If the Senate confirms Mangi, he will become the first Muslim-American to serve on a federal appeals court.

Supporters of the president in the Senate have told the White House privately that there is likely insufficient report for Mangi in the chamber, with some leftist politicians refusing to support the judicial nominee.

Senate Republicans have blasted Mangi for his association with radical left-wing organizations that have advocated for extremist policies.

In January 2024, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Mangi served on the board of the Legal Aid Society, which publicly supported the defund the police movement in June 2020, having called for the removal of funds from the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

The judicial nominee also served on an advisory board for the Center for Security, Race, and Rights at Rutgers Law School, which hosted an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with an activist who helped fund the Palestinian Islamic Jihad — a terrorist organization.

“As the Anti-Defamation League made clear, the debunked rightwing smear campaign against Mr. Mangi is ‘profoundly wrong,’” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement to CNN.

“Mr. Mangi was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the White House continues to fight for his confirmation and to repudiate the vicious hate and bigotry with which he has been targeted because of his Muslim faith,” Bates added.

In his comments, Bates referenced a statement from the left-wing Anti-Defamation League, which stated that Republican criticism of Mangi’s work with the Center for Security, Race, and Rights was “motivated by bias towards his religion.”

During Mangi’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked Mangi whether he condemned the vicious attacks by Hamas — a terrorist organization — against Israel.

“The events of Oct. 7 were a horror involving the deaths of innocent civilians,” the judicial nominee replied, adding that he had “no patience, none, for any attempts to justify or defend those events.”