United States Senator Deb Fischer says the American Bar Association has it wrong about Omaha attorney Steve Grasz.
President Donald Trump has nominated Grasz to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The ABA has stated Grasz is not qualified for the position.
Fischer begs to differ.
“I am very happy to see Nebraskans who know this very well-qualified gentleman; they’re stepping forward now and they’re saying that the American Bar Association doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” Fischer tells Coby Mach, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Grasz served more than 10 years as the Nebraska Chief Deputy Attorney General.
The ABA committee on the federal judiciary issued a unanimous “not qualified” rate for Grasz. One member of the committee abstained. The committee said it has heard concerns about Grasz’ temperament as well as his ability to be impartial in light of his work for conservative causes.
Fischer accuses the American Bar Association of unprofessional conduct in its evaluation, focusing on its second interview of Grasz.
“There seemed to be more interest in Mr. Grasz’ personal opinions on social issues rather than how he views the law or how he would conduct himself as a judge. And that went on for 3 ½ hours,” Fischer says. “For somebody to ask where your kids go to school, what does that have to do with a judicial appointment?”
The Senate Judiciary Committee has held a hearing on Grasz. Democrats questions Grasz on whether he could set aside his personal views on abortion, same-sex marriage, and gay rights to rule impartially from the bench. The committee will vote later whether to send his name to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.