Fan of Trump gets ap­peals court post

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASHINGTON — The Se­nate on Thurs­day con­firmed a fed­eral judge who once equated abor­tion with slav­ery, call­ing them the “two great­est tragedies in our coun­try,” and who pledged fealty to Don­ald Trump dur­ing the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion.

The vote was 51-47 to el­e­vate Ken­tucky lawyer John Bush to a life­time post on the Cincin­nati-based 6th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals.

Democrats ob­jected strongly to the nom­i­na­tion, ar­gu­ing that Bush’s blog posts un­der a pseu­do­nym dis­qual­i­fied him. Those in­cluded the post about abor­tion and slav­ery, links to ar­ti­cles on an alt-right con­spir­acy the­ory web­site, and the com­ment “Time to roll with Trump” while the GOP con­ven­tion was un­der­way last summer.

“They are aw­ful, they are dis­grace­ful,” said Sen. Al Franken of Min­nesota, ar­gu­ing that Bush was “uniquely un­qual­i­fied for the job.”

But Bush was strongly sup­ported by fel­low Ken­tuck­ian Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, who lec­tured Franken on the Se­nate floor for say­ing that Bush was the worst nom­i­nee he’s seen in his time on the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.

McCon­nell called Bush “a man of in­tegrity and con­sid­er­able abil­ity” and said that Franken needed to “think a lit­tle harder about his ten­ure on the Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.”

McCon­nell pointed out that the com­mit­tee had con­sid­ered and ap­proved a ju­di­cial can­di­date nom­i­nated by for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama who also had writ­ten re­gret­table and of­fen­sive blog posts, and now sits on the bench.

“So I hope I have at least re­freshed the mem­ory of my friend from Min­nesota and some of my other Demo­cratic col­leagues,” McCon­nell con­cluded an­grily.

Dur­ing his Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee hear­ing ear­lier this year, Bush, who grew up in Arkansas and is a 1982 grad­u­ate of McClel­lan High School, said he re­gret­ted some of his posts, in­clud­ing the one equat­ing slav­ery and abor­tion. But he ex­plained them as a “po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity” that would not carry over to his ten­ure on the bench.

Bush will be tak­ing the seat of a con­ser­va­tive judge, Danny Boggs, on a court al­ready dom­i­nated by Repub­li­cans. The 6th Cir­cuit cov­ers Ken­tucky, Michi­gan, Ohio and Ten­nessee. Bush got his law de­gree from Har­vard Law School and is a part­ner in Louisville law firm Bing­ham Greenebaum Doll, where his past work in­cludes serv­ing as one of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan’s at­tor­neys dur­ing the Iran-Con­tra in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to the firm’s web­site.

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