Obama undermines Trump on civil rights with last-minute appointments

Obama undermines Trump on civil rights with last-minute appointments

Within days of assuring President-elect, Donald J. Trump that there would be no new hiring, Barack Obama began planted two landmines appointed radicals Catherine E. Lhamon and Debo Adegbile to head the Commission on Civil Rights.

Obama who always states the exact opposite of his intent when making public pronouncements said of his midnight appointments, “These individuals have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers. I am confident that they will serve the American people well.”

Lhamon and Adegbile’s appointment to the Civil Rights division is not about serving the American people but instead about stymieing the President-elect, incoming AG, Jeff Sessions and securing Obama’s legacy.

Lhamon advanced Title IX and transgender bathrooms and as pointed out in the article below, “…helped undermine due process rights for college students.” [Suggested reading:  Dept Of Ed Staffer Involved in Transgender Bathroom Push Has Ties To UVA Rape Hoax and TWO PEOPLE Have Filed OVER 1,700 Sex Discrimination Complaints With Dept. Of Education]

Obama, who will not be denied and is always seeking revenge, in 2014 nominated Adegbile who is no better to chair the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.

Police Officer Daniel Faulkner murdered in 1981 (left), Debo P Abegile (center), Obama nominee and advocate for cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal (right).
Police Officer Daniel Faulkner murdered in 1981 (left), Debo P Abegile (center), Obama nominee and advocate for cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal (right).

Adegbile is a lead attorney for cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal.  The nomination which required Senate approval failed.  Thus, Obama’s midnight appointment of one who defends a cop killer is Obama’s way of having the last word on the matter and Obama’s parting slap in the face to America’s law enforcement and to Maureen Faulkner, widow of murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner the police officer killed in cold blood by Jamal.

Watchdog.org by Ashe Schow

…Both of these appointments are for a six-year term, and both will create challenges for incoming President Donald Trump if he wants to fix some civil rights problems in this country.

Obama appointed the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, Catherine Lhamon, and defense attorney Debo Adegbile to be commissioners on the Civil Rights commission. Most of the media has simply ignored the appointments, the Left has praised them and right-leaning outlets have focused heavily or exclusively on Adegbile. While Adegbile certainly has his share of problems, I can say that at the very least the man likely believes in due process.

The same cannot be said of Lhamon, who has been instrumental in eroding due process protections on college campuses. Lhamon co-authored the infamous 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which severely limited accused students’ due process rights when suspected of sexual assault or harassment. This letter is not legally binding, but it effectively carries the force of law because if schools don’t comply they face being named publicly as under investigation for not creating safe environments for students, and risk losing federal funding if they refuse to change their policies. (Other departments’ investigations are not so public, and no school has dared risk a loss of funding).

The letter didn’t offer much in the way of due process rights for students, other than a footnote referring to previous guidance on the topic. The letter did, however, restrict rights for accused students by lowering the burden of proof needed to brand a student a rapist and punish them for sexual assault. The burden of proof changed from “clear and convincing” to a “preponderance of evidence,” a standard that simply means more likely than not.

The letter also strongly discouraged schools from allowing students to cross-examine each other and witnesses because “allowing an alleged perpetrator to question an alleged victim directly may be traumatic or intimidating, thereby possibly escalating or perpetuating a hostile environment.”

This guidance presupposed the guilt of all accused students, and left no room for the possibility that an accused student might be able to prove his or her innocence by cross-examining the accuser.

Lhamon has been unrepentant in her quest to expand Title IX on college campuses, and her actions have led to hundreds of investigations into whether schools have violated the anti-sex discrimination statute.  (These schools are always found to have violated it in some way, and there are more than a hundred lawsuits against schools from accused students who say their rights were violated.)

Lhamon will be on the commission for six years, potentially outlasting Trump’s presidency. If Trump tries to undo the damage done by the “Dear Colleague” letter and give accused students rights, Lhamon’s presence on the commission could really cause a challenge. Of course, Trump could always ignore the commission’s objections, as they have no power to change law. Still, the media will eat up any opposition the commission puts out, and since Title IX isn’t exactly on Trump’s list of things to fix (as far as we know), he may just choose to ignore it and save the headache.

Defense attorney Debo Adegbile presents his own unique challenges to Trump. Adegbile defended convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and was denied an appointment to the Justice Department when Obama nominated him in 2014. The rejection of Adegbile had bipartisan support, with seven Democrats joining Republicans to block his nomination. Adegbile doesn’t need confirmation for the Civil Rights Commission, and his appointment has drawn the ire of the Fraternal Order of Police’s Philadelphia chapter.

Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering Philadelphia cop Daniel Faulkner, and his appointment was called a “kick in the teeth to the cops” by the police union’s president, John McNesby. The appointment was also opposed by the International Union of Police Associations. Sam Cabral, the IUPA’s president, said Obama’s appointment of Adegbile demonstrated “his utter distain for our nation’s law enforcement officers.”

These are the two people Trump will now have to deal with on the Civil Rights commission throughout his first term.

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