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Democrats Sing, the ABA Dances

Democrats Sing, the ABA Dances

Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary Paul Moxley testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, Washington, D.C., Sept. 7.

Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary Paul Moxley testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, Washington, D.C., Sept. 7.


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Brett Kavanaugh has already heard his first Supreme Court oral arguments, but Democrats are signaling they’ll continue a campaign to undermine his standing. Let’s hope the American Bar Association doesn’t become their partisan handmaiden.

Paul Moxley, head of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, wrote to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley in an Oct. 5 letter that the ABA committee is “reopening” its “evaluation” of Justice Kavanaugh. This is the same ABA committee that on August 30 gave the judge its highest rating in a report replete with praise. Now Mr. Moxley writes that this could change, given “new information of a material nature regarding temperament during the September 27th hearing” in which Judge Kavanaugh defended himself against claims by Christine Blasey Ford.

Mr. Moxley’s letter landed more than a week after the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing, though on the eve of the crucial full Senate vote on Judge Kavanaugh. It followed a public demand by ABA President Robert Carlson—a Hillary Clinton donor—to further delay the Senate vote with an FBI probe. The vote proceeded after that probe, and now the only purpose of an ABA re-evaluation would be to join the Democratic political campaign to delegitimize the new Justice and the current Supreme Court.

Mr. Moxley seems like a straight-shooter, but if he’s being bullied by Mr. Carlson or Democrats on his committee, he ought to resign and say so publicly. Otherwise he should shut down this revisionist exercise. This last-minute maneuvering shows again why this guild of liberal lawyers should have no role in nominations. Let’s hope South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who may chair the Judiciary Committee next year, is watching.

Published at Wed, 10 Oct 2018 22:58:31 +0000