SENATE JUDICIARY PANEL SPLITS ALONG PARTY LINES OVER OMAHA ATTORNEY STEVE GRASZ’S NOMINATION TO 8TH CIRCUIT

Senate Judiciary committee members split along party lines on Wednesday as they reviewed Steve Grasz’z nomination to the federal bench. The committees Republicans praised Grasz for his qualifications and pushed back against his critics. While Democrats pressed him over whether he can set aside his personal views on abortion, same sex marriage, and gay-rights. During the hour long hearing Grasz avoided delving too far into what his personal beliefs were. Grasz was nominated by President Trump at the recommendation of Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer. His nomination however hit a snag when the American Bar Association’s committee on federal judiciary issued a unanimous “not qualified” rating for Grasz. Such unanimously negative ratings for a nominee are rare for the ABA to issue. Fischer said she was shocked by the ABA evaluation, saying it was a “baseless, political character assassination.” ABA President Hilarie Bass posted a statement defending the review, noting that the ABA had approved 43 of Trump’s 45 judicial nominations.