President Trump will not ask the American Bar Association to evaluate candidates for federal judgeships prior to formally nominating them for the more than 100 existing judicial vacancies — a departure from a practice that has been previously criticized for bias against Republican nominees.
ABA President Linda Klein announced Friday that the association was “notified that the White House does not intend to follow the long-standing practice of inviting the independent ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary to review the professional qualifications of prospective nominees to the lower federal courts on a pre-nomination basis.”
A trade group with more than 400,000 members, the ABA first began evaluating potential nominees in 1953. The decision by the Trump administration to drop the pre-nomination evaluations follows in the footsteps of President George W. Bush, who was the first president to break from the long-standing practice.
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