Schumer Might Let Biden's Contentious Judicial Nominee Expire Quietly: Analysts

 May 12, 2024

President Joe Biden's nomination of Adeel Mangi as a federal appellate judge has stirred considerable controversy. Amidst significant bipartisan opposition, it appears that this contentious nomination may not proceed to a Senate floor vote.

As reported by Fox News Digital, President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are likely to let a controversial judicial nomination quietly expire due to its problematic associations rather than pushing for its confirmation or formally withdrawing it.

Adeel Mangi's potential appointment to a federal appellate court has become a focal point in Washington. Mangi would mark a historic milestone as the first Muslim judge on a federal appellate court if confirmed.

Concerns Over Mangi's Past Associations Cast Doubts

However, the nomination is shadowed by concerns regarding Mangi's past affiliations. Critics argue that his links to certain groups and individuals could impact his impartiality as a judge. These associations have notably included positions on the advisory boards of the Center for Security, Race, and Rights (CSRR) and the Alliance of Families for Justice (AFJ).

The CSRR has faced accusations of antisemitism, especially in the wake of the recent Israel-Hamas conflict. Additionally, a founding member of the AFJ was previously involved in activities related to the FBI-designated terrorist group, the Weather Underground Organization. These ties have been central to the criticisms leveled against Mangi.

Political Divisions Surface Over Judicial Nomination

Political reaction to Mangi's nomination has been starkly divided. While Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin has defended Mangi as a well-qualified candidate, others like Senators Catherine Cortez Masto, Jacky Rosen, and particularly Tom Cotton have voiced strong opposition.

Senator Cotton has labeled Mangi "wholly unqualified" due to his "credible ties to antisemites and terrorist sympathizers."

In a statement underscoring the gravity of the concerns, Mitch McConnell stated, "They can’t rebut these disqualifying associations because they’re facts."

Despite the controversy, a vote on Mangi’s nomination has not been scheduled. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the White House have remained silent on their plans, sparking speculation that the nomination could silently expire by the end of the 118th Congress in 2024.

The Strategic Calculus Behind Avoiding a Vote

Analyst Ron Bonjean expressed:

This nominee has lost all hope from the Biden White House of getting a floor vote, given we are months away from the election.They are more than likely going to let him twist in the wind hoping he withdraws on his own.

As noted by Ross Baker, this strategic avoidance is typical of congressional behavior. "If there is any way in which a member of Congress can avoid taking a controversial vote, that would be the course that they will take on this nomination," he commented, indicating a preference for sidestepping contentious decisions that could have electoral repercussions.

While Mangi's qualifications and historical potential as the first Muslim appellate judge have been highlighted, the prevailing political winds and his problematic associations seem to overshadow these aspects.

In conclusion, Adeel Mangi's nominative future hangs in a precarious balance, overshadowed by bipartisan concerns and the looming end of the 118th Congress. As political, social, and historical elements converge on this nomination, the potential for a quiet expiration remains high, leaving a significant question mark over the direction of fairness and precedent in judicial appointments.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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