ABA lowers rating for controversial judicial nominee as Senate hearing looms Tom Henry at 8:03 AM ET
[JURIST] In a reversal of judgment, the American Bar Association [group website] on Monday lowered its rating of White House aide and nominee to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] from "well qualified" to "qualified" [ratings, PDF]. A majority of committee members recommended Kavanaugh as "well qualified" when his nomination was previously sent to the Senate in both 2003 and 2005. Committee leader Stephen Tober said the change resulted from more recent interviews with judges and lawyers who questioned Kavanaugh's experience and inadequacies in his courtroom performance. In response to the ABA vote, the White House said Monday that Kavanaugh is "superbly qualified for the D.C. Circuit" [fact sheet] and argued [position paper] that even an ABA rating of "qualified" is "a very high standard."
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