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

The Senate confirmed a President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report 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 DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinFive things to watch at Supreme Court's DACA hearings Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Senate fight derails bipartisan drug pricing bills 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDivided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA Ilhan Omar blasts Pete King as an 'Islamophobe' after he announces retirement: 'Good riddance' Top Senate Dem: Officials timed immigration policy around 2020 election 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.