In a tip of the hand on the make up of the American Bar Association, one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees said an evaluator referred to conservatives as “you people,” using the phrase in a negative manner.
Leonard Grasz, nominated for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, told Congress on Wednesday he was questioned on his personal views and it was clear the interviewer took exception to his pro-life beliefs, according to The Washington Times.
“I was asked repeatedly for my personal opinion on social issues including abortion — it seemed to be a great topic of interest to the reviewer,” Grasz said.
“The interviewer repeatedly used in a negative connotation in the phrase, ‘you people,’ and at one point, I stopped him and I said, ‘Sir, who do you mean by you people?’ And he said, ‘conservatives and Republicans.’”
Hows that for overt bias?
Grasz, who was appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, received a “not qualified” rating from the ABA after the encounter, the group’s lowest judicial rating.
Sen. Jeff Flake, who recently announced that he will not be running for reelection, wasn’t surprised.
“The ABA’s long history of political liberal activism makes it very hard to see how their process isn’t biased,” said the Arizona Republican known for his fierce stance against Trump.
As might be expected, Democrats see the ABA’s rating of judicial picks as the “gold standard.”
The group said in a statement that it is proud of the “comprehensive, nonpartisan reviews.”
“The committee does not take into consideration a nominee’s philosophy, political affiliation or ideology,” the statement read, according to The Times.
Pamela Bresnahan, chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, who authored Grasz’s evaluation, said in her report that the review “is a nonpartisan process.”
The seemingly biased committee was troubled over the nominee’s alleged bias, being that it was apparently from the wrong side of the political spectrum.
“[A] number of Grasz’s colleagues expressed the view that, in terms of judicial temperament, as evaluated by the Committee, Mr. Grasz is not ‘free from bias,’” wrote Bresnahan.
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