Biden rolls out new endorsements for controversial judicial nominee as Dem support dwindles

The White House is moving forward with its campaign to confirm judicial nominee Adeel Mangi and pushing back on claims that he is antisemitic or against law enforcement, despite several Democratic senators expressing concern over the nominee’s organizational ties and casting doubt on his chances of garnering enough votes. According to a White House official, Biden’s team is keeping the pressure on senators to confirm Mangi, who is nominated to serve on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, dismissing attacks on him as false. The official said those focused on lobbying senators to support the nominee are White House chief of staff Jeff Zients, White House Director of Legislative Affairs Shuwanza Goff, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs Ali Nouri, White House Counsel Ed Siskel, and White House senior counsel in charge of nominations Phil Brest.Zients said in a statement to Fox News Digital, “Some Senate Republicans and their extreme allies are relentlessly smearing Adeel Mangi with baseless accusations that he is anti-police.”TRUMP CAMPAIGN REVEALS BATTLEGROUND PLANS AMID 2024 CONCERNS”That could not be further from the truth and the close to a dozen law enforcement organizations that have endorsed him agree,” he said, pointing to several new endorsements of Mangi by three former attorneys general in New Jersey, two former U.S. attorneys who served in the state, the International Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. “The Senate must confirm Mr. Mangi without further delay,” Zients said. DEMS TARGET FOUR COMPETITIVE HOUSE SEATS TO WRESTLE BACK MAJORITY FROM GOPChances of Mangi being confirmed have appeared grim in recent weeks as allegations of antisemitism have been spotlighted due to his previous role on the board of advisers for the Rutgers University Center for Security, Race and Rights (CSRR). The center has sponsored events, including one on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, with controversial speakers like Hatem Bazian, who in 2004 called for an “Intifada,” according to video from an anti-war protest in San Francisco, and Sami Al-Arian, who in 2006 pleaded guilty to “conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” according to the Justice Department. The CSRR has also hosted an event with Noura Erakat, who had previously been advertised as a panelist for a separate event alongside Hamas commander Ghazi Hamad.Mangi has also been accused of being against law enforcement because of his role as a current advisory board member for the Alliance of Families for Justice (AFJ). The alliance’s founding board member, Kathy Boudin, pleaded guilty to the felony murder of two police officers in 1981 after they died during the robbery of an armored truck. The robbery was carried out by Boudin’s group, the Weather Underground Organization, which was recognized as a domestic terrorist organization by the FBI. Neither the CSRR nor AFJ provided comments to Fox News Digital. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told Fox News Digital in a statement, “It is unsurprising that Mangi’s record has split Senate Democrats, and the White House should recognize their error, withdraw Mangi’s nomination, and instead nominate a candidate who can garner widespread bipartisan support.”Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Mangi’s “well-known ties to this extreme organization that supports terrorists and cop killers makes him wholly unqualified to serve as an appellate judge.”JOHNSON TO FORMALLY HAND MAYORKAS IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES TO SENATE, URGES TRIAL ‘EXPEDITIOUSLY’Biden’s White House has previously hit back at criticism of Mangi, calling it a “malicious and debunked smear campaign” prompted by the nominee’s potential to become the first Muslim appellate judge. While Judiciary Republicans had already sounded alarm bells over Biden’s pick last year after probing Mangi about his connections to the groups, Democratic senators appeared likely to fall in line behind the president’s choice. However, after a recent report indicated Biden was being privately warned that Mangi may not have enough votes for confirmation, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., revealed she was one of the lawmakers to reach out to the White House with concerns. The senator previously confirmed her stance against the nominee to Fox News Digital, citing his connection to AFJ.Several other Democratic senators recently refused to say whether they would support Mangi.The office of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., confirmed to Fox News Digital that he is also committed to voting against Biden’s pick. Cortez Masto and Manchin were recently joined by Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., who said in a statement, “Given the concerns I’ve heard from law enforcement in Nevada, I am not planning to vote to confirm this nominee.”Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, the law firm at which Mangi is a partner, did not provide comment to Fox News Digital. The loss of any Democratic support is a concern for Mangi’s confirmation prospects, given the Senate’s close 51-49 split in favor of the Democratic caucus.MAN SENTENCED TO 11 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR THREATENING PHONE CALLS TO PELOSI AND MAYORKASSen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called on Biden last week to withdraw the nomination, and now Republicans are reinforcing their campaign against Mangi’s confirmation. “The White House can’t defend Adeel Mangi’s record. So, they’re launching personal attacks against anyone who notices the ties to cop-killers and antisemites that Mr. Mangi has forged of his own free will,” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said in a statement. He added, “It’s not Islamophobic for senators to recognize” a nominee’s failure to meet qualifications. “Now even his own Democrat party is rebelling against [Biden],” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., remarked in a statement, attributing it to the president’s “push for radical, anti-Israel nominees.”On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary GOP revealed three additional law enforcement groups were opposing Biden’s choice, bringing the total to 17. The Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 and Pennsylvania State Troopers Association penned a joint letter to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Ranking Member Graham; and Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey and John Fetterman, who are both Democrats. The court that Mangi has been nominated to serve on is located in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania-based groups noted their letter is on behalf of over 40,000 members requesting that the Senate “reject the nomination” of Mangi, citing his AFJ affiliation. 
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