Can you believe it? How petty can they be?
TWO DEMOCRATS have decided to challenge one of President Trump’s judicial nominees because he’s a member of the Knights of Columbus.
The Catholic organization called Knights of Columbus is as harmless as they come but the two Senators claim the judicial nominee wouldn’t be fair and impartial because of his affiliation with the Roman Catholic charitable organization.
Via Fox News:
Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, raised concerns about Omaha-based lawyer Brian Buescher’s membership as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s review of his nomination by President Trump to sit on the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, as first reported by the Catholic News Agency.
Hirono cited the position of Knights of Columbus on same-sex marriage as an example of the inability of the judge to be impartial.
This is just about as nitpicky as you can get when it comes to judicial nominees. Think about all of the judges who came before Buescher who were members of some sort of organization but were able to decide a case on the merits and not on any personal bias. It’s what judges are supposed to do!
Buescher argued his case:
“The Knights of Columbus does not have the authority to take personal political positions on behalf of all of its approximately two million members. If confirmed, I will apply all provisions of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges regarding recusal and disqualification.”
Harris, in her questions to the nominee, called the Knights of Columbus “an all-male society” and asked the Nebraska lawyer if he was aware that the group was anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage when he joined. The California senator also referenced Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson’s statement that abortion amounted to “the killing of the innocent on a massive scale” and asked Buescher if he agreed with the statement.
Buescher responded that his involvement in the group consisted mostly of charitable work and community events at his local Catholic parish. He indicated he would abide by judicial precedent regarding abortion.