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Obama: Senate’s Failure To Approve Civil Rights Division Pick Is ‘Travesty Based On Wildly Unfair Character Attacks’

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the FY 2015 budget at Powell Elementary School on March 4, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the FY 2015 budget at Powell Elementary School on March 4, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Senate’s failure to move ahead on his choice to run the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is a “travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant.”

The controversy over Debo Adegbile stems from his legal representation of a man imprisoned in the murder of a Philadelphia policeman decades ago. Adegbile failed a test vote Wednesday and his confirmation is now in jeopardy.

Obama says Adegbile played by the rules as a lawyer but that Washington’s political system has used the rules against him.

Obama says Adegbile’s nomination was defeated solely because of his legal representation of a defendant, and that that is contrary to the American system of justice.

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