Sunday, April 2, 2017

Trump White House curtails bar association’s pre-nomination vetting of judges

Via Billy

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is shown speaks at the American Bar Association's annual meeting in Boston, in this file photo from Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. On March 31, 2017, the Trump White House announced it was curtailing the ABA's role in evaluating the president's nominations to the federal bench. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) **FILE**

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.


  1. The ABA.....being overwhelmingly libtard.....ALWAYS opposes the majority of judicial candidates promulgated by a GOP White House. Trump is smart to forgo this waste of time.