February 5, 2019

Whitehouse Pans FedSoc Pick Rao for Former Kavanaugh Seat on DC Circuit

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today on the confirmation hearing of Neomi Rao, nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit:

“Neomi Rao is another judicial nominee from the Donald Trump/Federalist Society special interest machine.  Her ideology was birthed in the petri dish of the Republican corporate donor class that believes it is above government regulation and disdains accountability to juries and the judicial process.  She has led a campaign as Trump’s regulatory czar to deliver huge benefits to corporations at the expense of public protections that safeguard families, workers, and our environment.  The Roberts Court has already demonstrated its fealty to the donor class with its string of 73 partisan decisions in their favor.  I hope Ms. Rao does not fit this pattern; her record to date suggests she will.”

President Trump nominated Rao to fill the seat formerly held by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  Both Rao and Kavanaugh have been members of the Federalist Society, the secretive conservative organization President Trump said “picked” all of his campaign’s potential judicial nominees and reportedly played a central role in the nomination of all major Trump judicial appointees.


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