One of the things we have come to expect as a president enters his final days is a slew of last minute pardons, parting words of wisdom and anything else he feels he can do to ensure his legacy. President Obama is no different.
Obama made news last week with his final press conference of the year and likely his final one as president. He entered the fray of election politics once again as he implied that Russia and President Vladimir Putin were behind hacked Democratic National Committee emails and their subsequent release to the public.
While he was making headlines for those comments, Obama quietly slipped two more appointments in.
Proud Conservative reported “the White House quietly announced his presidential appointments of Dego Adegbile and Catherine Lhamon to six-year terms on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission,” positions that do not require congressional approval.
This is not the first time that Obama has tried to nominate Adegbile. In 2014, a bipartisan group of senators blocked his nomination to the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division based largely on the tactics he employed in his defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
In separate statements released Friday, the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Union of Police Associations called the appointment a “kick in the teeth to the cops,” and a “slap in the face to every law enforcement officer in this great nation.”
Some of the harshest criticism came from Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.
“Mr. Adegbile did not simply defend a client,” Toomey said. “He supervised an effort to lionize unrepentant cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal, who cold-bloodedly murdered Philadelphia police officer Danny Faulkner 35 years ago. Mr. Adegbile supervised the effort to spread misinformation about the trial and evidence, fabricate claims of racism, malign Philly police, and organize rallies across the globe that portrayed this brutal cop-killer as the victim.”
Toomey continued by pointing out that seven Senate Democrats had opposed Adegbile’s previous nomination and called on Obama to withdraw the appointment.
Catherine Lhamon is the co-author of the letter sent by the Obama administration to local school districts mandating transgender bathrooms in public schools.
Both appointments break from a tradition of lame duck presidents leaving appointments to the new president.
Source: Proud Conservative