The American Bar Association wrote a scathing opinion of Trump judicial nominee Lawrence VanDyke.
According to The Washington Post:
Colleagues found Lawrence VanDyke to be “arrogant, lazy, an ideologue, and lacking in knowledge of the day-to-day practice,” the chair of an ABA committee wrote in the scathing letter, the result of 60 interviews with lawyers, judges and others who worked with the Justice Department attorney. Acquaintances also alleged a lack of humility, an “’entitlement’ temperament, does not have an open mind, and does not always have a commitment to being candid and truthful.”
The ABA’s review found VanDyke not qualified for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The letter (which is worth reading in full) also points out:
“Some interviewees raised concerns about whether Mr. VanDyke would be fair to persons who are gay, lesbian, or otherwise part of the LGBTQ community.”
After being questioned about his fairness to those in the LGBTQ community, VanDyke broke down.
Trump nominee Lawrence VanDyke was found to have a lack of humility, entitlement issues, a temperament, a closed mind and and issues with honesty. The ABA deemed him unqualified for the 9th Circuit.
Can you IMAGINE if a woman showed such instability in a moment like this? pic.twitter.com/aFk3i0lqqk
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) October 31, 2019
VanDyke is currently deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. The LGBTQ issue wasn’t the only concern the ABA raised, The Week says the association based their assessment of “not qualified on interviews with “60 lawyers, judges, and other people he has worked with:” Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) says this nomination has made her “even more pissed off than usual.”
.@realDonaldTrump has nominated some terrible people to our federal courts. Lawrence VanDyke is among the worst of the worst. He's attacked civil/human rights, opposed reproductive rights, and undermined gun safety regulations, and more. He doesn't belong on the 9th Circuit. pic.twitter.com/kUUO35kdbJ
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) October 30, 2019
The Week points out:
The Senate has already confirmed five judges the ABA has rated “not qualified” while two others withdrew their names from consideration. The ABA points out it has rated 97 percent of Trump’s 264 nominees “qualified” or “very qualified.”