Senate confirms Trump judicial pick labeled 'not qualified' by American Bar Association

The Senate confirmed a President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE district court pick on Thursday who was labeled "not qualified" by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Justin Walker was confirmed as a judge for the Western District of Kentucky in a 50-41 party-line vote.

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The ABA noted in a recent memo to senators that the “Standing Committee believes that Mr. Walker does not presently have the requisite trial or litigation experience or its equivalent.” The committee gave Walker a "not qualified" rating.
 
Democrats have railed against Walker, whose nomination was advanced last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a party-line vote.

Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks 91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill Bipartisan senators press FBI, inspector general for changes following Nassar case MORE (D-Ill.) chided Republicans ahead of the committee vote, noting that some of Trump’s nominees “have literally never, ever entered a courtroom in their lives."
 
“They may not have ever seen a 'Perry Mason' show and certainly didn’t stick around for the second half of any ‘Law and Order’ episode," Durbin said. "Now they want to be trial judges for the rest of their natural lives."
 
The ABA noted in its review that Walker “has a very substantial gap, namely the absence of any significant trial experience.”
 
“Very few are called ‘not qualified,’ but he’s one of them," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers take aim at 'Grinches' using bots to target consumers during holidays Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Schumer mourns death of 'amazing' father MORE (D-N.Y.) said ahead of Thursday's vote. "It seems the only reason Mr. Walker has been nominated for an austere judgeship is his membership in the Federalist Society and his far-right wing views on health care, civil rights, and executive power."
 
 
 
Republicans, who hold a 53-47 majority in the chamber, lined up behind Walker’s nomination.
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo On The Money — Biden stresses calm amid omicron fears MORE (R-Ky.) praised Walker in a statement last week, saying he was a “thoroughly impressive nominee with the experience and qualifications to excel on the federal bench in Kentucky.”