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Trump Tries To Put His Pet Judge In Place – There’s Just One Little Problem

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The American Bar Association deemed one of President Donald Trump’s recent judicial nominees “not qualified” for the job, becoming the second such Trump nominee to receive that distinction.

The Trump administration nominated Leonard Steven Grasz in August to the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Politico reported that the American Bar Association’s standing committee voted unanimously — with one abstention — that Grasz is not qualified to be a federal judge, though no reason was given as to why.

As you know, the Standing Committee confines its evaluation to the qualities of integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament. The Standing Committee is of the unanimous opinion that Mr. Grasz is ‘Not Qualified’ to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit,” the bar association said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee after it completed its evaluation of Grasz’s credentials.

Grasz, who serves as an attorney in Omaha, NE, was previously Nebraska’s chief deputy attorney general for more than 11 years. His confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee will take place this week.

Previously, the American Bar Association determined that Charles Goodwin was “not qualified” to serve as a judge in an Oklahoma district court. Goowdin became the first candidate to receive that label since 2006. The bar association has evaluated judicial nominees since the 1950s.

The Republican-controlled Senate has already installed four of Trump’s appellate picks and is on track to confirm four more in the next several days, starting with Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor who has been nominated for the 7th Circuit.

Trump has made dozens of nominations to fill many vacancies on federal court benches — largely due to the Mitch McConnell-led refusal to confirm those nominated by former President Obama — and has had success at the appellate level.

The Senate, controlled by Republicans, has approved four Trump picks and looks to add four more this week. Trump’s biggest success so far in judicial appointments has been naming the hyper-conservative Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the passing of conservative Antonin Scalia.

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