3rd Circuit judicial nominee opposed for ties to group said to amplify ‘antisemitic speech’ and ‘terrorist propaganda’
Adeel Abdullah Mangi, a judicial nominee for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Philadelphia, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13, 2023. (Photo by Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA via the Associated Press)
The nomination of a BigLaw partner to serve on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Philadelphia should be withdrawn because of his service as a board member for a group with “a deep history of amplifying antisemitic speech, terrorist propaganda and anti-American rhetoric,” according to a letter to President Joe Biden by a group of Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The letter seeks the withdrawal of the nomination of Adeel Abdullah Mangi, who would become the first Muslim American federal appeals judge if he is confirmed to the 3rd Circuit.
Courthouse News Service covered the Jan. 25 letter, while NBC News and Reuters covered the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 11-10 vote Jan. 18 to advance Mangi’s nomination.
Mangi is a partner with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. He is being criticized for his former service as a member of the board of advisers for the Center for Security, Race and Rights at Rutgers Law School.
The center says it addresses “the underlying structural and systemic causes of Islamophobia and xenophobia against people of Arab, African and South Asian descent,” according to Courthouse News Service.
The Republican lawmakers said in their letter the center hosted an event on the 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that featured a speaker who blamed the attack on the United States and its support for Israel. That speaker supported a terrorist organization that was involved in the Hamas attacks on Israel on Oct. 7, 2023, the letter said.
The letter also said while Mangi was a board member, the center “supported efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel by pushing for the boycott, divestment and sanction movement and calling for resistance in
Mangi said at his confirmation hearing he met with other advisory board members just once per year, and he “unequivocally would condemn terrorism or people associated with it.”
Courthouse News Service published a statement by a White House spokesperson who said the attacks on Mangi are “vile, unconscionable smears” that have been discredited by groups that include the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee.