Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) discussed the campaign against Debo Adegbile, a highly respected civil rights lawyer who President Barack Obama chose to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, during his remarks at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.
Republicans opposed Adegbile for representing Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted 30 years ago of murdering a Philadelphia police officer. Seven Democrats sided with all the Republicans in voting against the procedural motion to advance Adegbile’s nomination: Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), John Walsh (Mont.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Bob Casey (Pa.) and Chris Coons (Del.).
Read more on Toomey's remarks here, and see updates from CPAC below: