United States Senator Ben Sasse praises Senate confirmation of a Nebraska attorney as a federal judge.
Senators confirmed Omaha attorney Steve Grasz to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on a party-line vote, despite a “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association.
Sasse calls his confirmation a very good day for Nebraska, stating his office has boxes of letters from Republicans and Democrats alike who recommended Grasz for the position.
Sasse rejects the ABA assessment that Grasz is rude and intemperate.
“Not a single person ever told me in any conversation, verbal or in any of this mail, that they’ve ever seen him be intemperate and the ABA decided to say this guy has personal beliefs that will make it hard for him to be a good judge,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network. “It’s complete nonsense.”
Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says liberal groups targeted Grasz, because as Nebraska Deputy Attorney General, he argued in favor of a state law banning partial-birth abortion.
“The ABA came in and decided to advocate liberal policy,” according to Sasse. “Again, they can do that, but lots and lots of people and organizations have a right to do that and the ABA deserves no privileged place in the Senate’s deliberations.”
Grasz was confirmed on a 50-to-48 vote.
Senate Democrats have complained that Grasz and other nominees to the federal bench lack the qualifications to become federal judges. They have also complained about the speed of the confirmation process.
President Trump nominated Grasz on the recommendation of Sasse and Sen. Deb Fischer.
Fischer took to the Senate floor to praise Grasz.
“Steve Grasz exemplifies the qualities the American people seek in a judge: keen intellect, even judicial temperament and steadfast commitment to the rule of law,” Fischer told fellow senators.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]