On Thursday, Robert Carlson, President of the American Bar Association siding with Progressives, sent a letter to Senators Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging the Committee to hold back the vote on the Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
The American Bar Association urges the United States Senate Judiciary Committee (and, as appropriate, the full Senate) to conduct a confirmation vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States only after an appropriate background check into the allegations made by Professor Ford and others is completed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
We make this request because of the ABA’s respect for the rule of law and due process under law. The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI.
Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote. Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court. It must remain an institution that will reliably follow the law and not politics.
See Carlson’s letter in its entirety at the very bottom of this post.**
Fortunately, it is not up to Robert Carlson, President of the ABA whose views appear to be his own.
Carlson did not run his letter by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee who followed up with a letter to Grassley and Feinstein informing them that the Standing Committee stands by Judge Kavanaugh.
A committee for the American Bar Association that evaluates the professional qualifications of judges said it still stands behind Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The letter was not seen by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary before it was sent to the panel, committee chairman Paul Mosley wrote in a separate letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Friday.
The Standing Committee “acts independently” of the association’s leadership, he said.
“The Committee conducts non-partisan, non-ideological, and confidential peer review of federal judicial nominees. The ABA’s rating for Judge Kavanaugh is not affected by Mr. [Robert] Carlson’s letter,” the letter concluded[…]
Letter to Senators Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subject: Nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from American Bar Association’s Standing Committee – Date: August 28, 2018
You can also view the letter in pdf format at the link below:
- American Bar Assoc. Standing Committee On The Federal Judiciary To Grassley, Feinstein – Kavanaugh Nomination
Brett Kavanaugh’s ABA rating remains unchanged.
— American Bar Association (@ABAesq) September 28, 2018
**Letter to Senators Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein of the Senate Judiciary Committee from Robert M. Carlson, President of the American Bar Association – Date August 27, 2018
You can also view Carlson’s letter at the link below:
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