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

The Senate confirmed a President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation 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 DurbinTensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Nadler gets under GOP's skin Restlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on 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 SchumerSchumer urges declassification of letter from Pence aide No rush to judgment on Trump — it's been ongoing since Election Day Collins walks impeachment tightrope 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 McConnellSenate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems to present case on abuse of power on trial's third day The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' 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.”