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Trump judicial pick breaks down in tears
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Posted By: Harlowe, 10/30/2019 4:04:48 PM

One of President Trump's nominees for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals broke down in tears during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, as he disputed suggestions that he would not be fair to members of the LGBTQ community. Lawrence VanDyke was the subject of a scathing letter from the American Bar Association, sent to committee leadership Tuesday night, which alleged that people they interviewed expressed this concern, and that VanDyke himself "would not say affirmatively that he would be fair to any litigant before him, notably members of the LGBTQ community."

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The accusations against Mr. VanDyke in this hearing are brutal, heart-wrenching, shameful, and beyond the pale. Senator Mike Lee is quite right in wanting to suspend access that the American Bar Association has in assessing interviewees until a thorough investigation and review can be made to learn how their functions are performed in evaluating judicial nominees. Appropriately, Senator Josh Hawley would like the White House counsel’s office “not make nominees available any longer to the ABA for interviews, stating that they should be treated like any other special interest group.”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: John C 10/30/2019 4:14:52 PM (No. 222235)
ABA went off off the rails many years ago. Special interest, absolutely!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Right Time 10/30/2019 4:20:30 PM (No. 222237)
This was a politically motivated Hit Job. Facts and truth behind Mr. VanDyke don't matter. He was nominated by Bad Orange Man. He must therefore be bad. Tell the ABA they can eff off. No more special treatment to evaluate candidates.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: StrikingViking 10/30/2019 4:32:47 PM (No. 222254)
I've had dealings with the ABA during my legal career. They are a far-left pressure group.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Northcross 10/30/2019 4:39:16 PM (No. 222263)
Better if instead of crying, he had stood up and forcefully excoriated those who were engaged in the shameful slander, pointing fingers in the faces of the sniveling senators who were using the ABA talking points.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Laotzu 10/30/2019 4:40:05 PM (No. 222264)
I terminated my membership years ago. The ABA is a twin to public unions. It no longer serves its members. It serves as a campaign resource to Democrats. In contrast, at least the AMA continues to protect their profession while skewing lefty. The ABA does nothing of benefit to attorneys trying to make a living.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Sandpiper 10/30/2019 4:45:21 PM (No. 222270)
The Left’s take no prisoners attitude in opposing any conservative judicial candidate is truly appalling. Truth and honor are sacrificed at their win-at-any-cost altar, with no thought to the many lives they destroy. The humiliation that man had to endure to defend his good name should never happen!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: hammondb3 10/30/2019 4:51:33 PM (No. 222275)
It's time to not just try to beat these leftist b4st4rds, but to destroy them.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 10/30/2019 4:52:21 PM (No. 222276)
ABA is a leftist hatchet job outfit. This guy needs to grow a tougher skin.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Paglia guy 10/30/2019 4:55:54 PM (No. 222282)
Sorry, we don't need a crier. Next?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: HPmatt 10/30/2019 4:58:06 PM (No. 222284)
Just like the American Medical Association - AMA - with their white coats in support of Obamacare...
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Boston Federalist 10/30/2019 5:01:13 PM (No. 222287)
When is our side going to finally wake up and realize that the other side is constantly mounting a never-ending smear campaign, against every single person not in the Democratic / socialist camp? They hate us, don't you get it? Why does every one of our nominees go through this hate campaign, and when the socialists are in control, their nominees get through with 98 votes, and we congratulate the nominee and the other side ("my good friend") and wish them well? Maybe we'll wake up, who knows.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Italiano 10/30/2019 5:05:08 PM (No. 222291)
Bad things should happen to those who try to destroy good people for power. Very bad things.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: bpl40 10/30/2019 5:09:28 PM (No. 222292)
Attack by the ABA is the highest of recommendations and ultimate proof of worthiness. The nominee should hold his head high and accept the appointment with pride! BTW his concern about children being raised by homosexual 'couples is shared by millions of normal people across the land. If that is 'homophobic' (whatever that means) then so be it.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Strike3 10/30/2019 5:16:38 PM (No. 222294)
Crybabies need not apply. We can do better.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Moritz55 10/30/2019 5:39:15 PM (No. 222300)
OP, from your lips to God’s ears!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Vaquero45 10/30/2019 5:54:37 PM (No. 222309)
Oh fer Chrissake, Van Dyke - man up, fool! There's no crying in the Court of Appeals! The ABA is a bunch of leftist twit law professors.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Lawsy0 10/30/2019 6:13:02 PM (No. 222317)
I have only worked for attorneys during the last 34 years before retiring last year. All for whom I worked proved to be honorable, and were above and beyond their cohort in diligence. For Mr. VanDyke I can positively state he is an attorney for whom I would work for FREE just for the privilege. This was clearly a HIT on President Trump..
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Periwinkel 10/30/2019 6:27:34 PM (No. 222335)
Note: LGBTQrstuvwxyz "community" probably has fewer members than alphabet letters in their name. It's like Twitter where five people make themselves appear to be thousands. Just saying "Consider the source."
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Reply 19 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 10/30/2019 6:33:29 PM (No. 222340)
Yet another example of Democrat civility. Why is a judicial nomination held hostage to the beliefs of the LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ crowd? They are a tiny minority within a tiny minority. They are .000000000insignificant of our population. The tyranny of a this tiny minority is outrageous.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: cor-vet 10/30/2019 8:46:19 PM (No. 222430)
Apparently, only Obama judges and Carter judges and Clinton judges are allowed to exercise their beliefs from the bench!
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Reply 21 - Posted by: PostAway 10/30/2019 9:19:06 PM (No. 222453)
Hostile to gays? With a last name like that? I’m more concerned that he’ll be another easily humiliated and brow-beaten product of HLS who will do his leftist masters’ bidding as a SCOTUS Justice.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Mike22 10/30/2019 9:23:03 PM (No. 222456)
They look like tears of rage to me. Perhaps the judge now has a crystal clear understanding of the left and remembers their penchant for lying and smearing people and take that into account when making judgments about the "facts" they present and the stated merits of their causes. And rules accordingly.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Harlowe 10/30/2019 11:01:14 PM (No. 222502)
#8,#9,#14,#16- Respectfully disagree. To the contrary, Mr. VanDyke’s ability to personally experience a range of emotions makes him exceptionally well-suited to his chosen profession. There is no shame in a man crying. King David wept (Psalm 69:10); Peter wept (Matthew 26:75); and, our beloved Jesus wept (John 11:35). May or Lord’s blessings and protection be upon Mr. VanDyke.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Trigger2 10/31/2019 1:22:18 AM (No. 222562)
The American Bar Association...now there's an oxymoron right there. All they do is try to deep six any republican for judgeship while passing corrupt demonrats with flying colors.
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