On Wednesday, President Trump’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Lawrence VanDyke appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. During the hearing, several senators brought up the American Bar Association’s letter smearing VanDyke. In the letter, the ABA claimed that VanDyke was “not qualified” to be a judge.
The ABA based this rating off interviews and said many colleagues who had worked with VanDyke described him as “arrogant, lazy, an ideologue, and lacking in knowledge of the day-today practice.” The letter also said, “Some interviewees raised concerns about whether Mr. VanDyke would be fair to persons who are gay, lesbian, or otherwise part of the LGBTQ community. Mr. VanDyke would not say affirmatively that he would be fair to any litigant before him, notably members of the LGBTQ community.”
VanDyke cried during the hearing when he was informed of the American Bar Association’s position. While I found the display of emotion a little disconcerting, it’s also easy to see how intense emotions can accompany disingenuous, partisan attacks. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh too burst into tears when accused of sexual assault without any evidence.
VanDyke appears to be as qualified as many of the other Trump nominees.