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Senate Judiciary Committee Dems: GOP Rushing Trump Nominees

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By    |   Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 03:01 PM

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee accused Republicans on the committee of rushing through President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, according to The Hill.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that the confirmations were the fastest pace she could remember in her 25-year experience as a committee member.

"I want to point out that it's a marked contrast to the traditional rate of confirmations. For example, last week marked the fourth hearing since May when two circuit court nominees were on the agenda the same day," Feinstein said.

"That's four times in six months, yet this committee only held three hearings with two circuit court nominees in all eight years of the (Barack) Obama administration," the senator added.

The committee voted 11-9, along party lines, to move 10 nominees to the floor for a vote on Thursday. The American Bar Association gave one of those nominees, Steven Grasz, a "not qualified" rating.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, rejected the ABA rating.

"The committee also has received letters of support from hundreds of people who know Mr. Grasz both personally and professionally and in all those letters we haven't heard from any accuser who has said that Mr. Grasz will insert personal bias into his judging, which is one of the ABA's unverified and unverifiable claims against him," Grassley said, according to The Hill.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., criticized Grassley for reversing a tradition that allowed senators to block nominees from their home state.

"Reversing course on your own policy simply due to a change in the White House can do lasting damage to the integrity of this committee," Leahy said, according to The Hill.

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