Bloomberg Law
Feb. 3, 2021, 10:00 PM

Biden Won’t Give ABA Advance Role in Vetting Judicial Nominees

Madison Alder
Madison Alder

The Biden administration won’t have the American Bar Association vet judicial candidates before they’re nominated, a source familiar with the discussions told Bloomberg Law.

That continues the practice in place under President Donald Trump and departs from President Barack Obama, who gave the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which rates judicial nominees, advance notice of candidates to vet.

The White House didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment. The Washington Post reported the Biden administration plans earlier Wednesday.

Progressives praised the decision as an important step in diversifying the bench.

“Although well-intentioned, the ABA Standing Committee is yet ...

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