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Sen. Mike Lee claims ’systemic political bias’ in American Bar Association judicial ratings

Washington • Conservatives have long believed that the ratings given by the American Bar Association to judicial nominees skew more positive for liberal-leaning picks, and now Sen. Mike Lee says the group shouldn’t have any outsized role in the Senate confirmation process.

The Utah Republican says the association, which has evaluated judicial nominees since 1953, has a “systemic political bias” and shouldn’t be given any more consideration than other groups such as the right-leaning Federalist Society.

This ongoing fraud most stop,” Lee said of the ABA in a newsletter earlier this month. “The time has come for the White House and the Senate to suspend the unique access that the American Bar Association has in the judicial confirmation process.