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Bush Attempts to Rewrite History in Speech to Federalist Society

Bush Ignores his own record of nominating inflammatory lifetime judges

October 6, 2008

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October 6, 2008

Contact: Glenn Sugameli, Earthjustice 202-667-4500

Bush Attempts to Rewrite History in Speech to Federalist Society
Ignores his own record of nominating inflammatory lifetime judges

Washington, D.C. -- The following statement is from Glenn Sugameli, Senior Legislative Counsel, who has headed Earthjustice's judicial nominations project, Judging the Environment since 2001.

“President Bush’s speech today to a Federalist Society Chapter ignores his record of using judicial nomination to inflame his right wing base by igniting unnecessary confirmation firefights and creating artificial judicial vacancies.

“President Bush repeatedly demanded that the Senate essentially abandon its constitutionally-mandated ‘advise-and-consent role’ in selecting lifetime judges and refused even to discuss nominations with senators. 

“Again and again, President Bush has insisted on nominees who would unfairly favor big corporations over laws that protect people and the environment. He is trying to rewrite his own history of selecting judges who would in turn attempt to rewrite our Constitution and laws to further their own political agendas.

“President Bush’s selections have been confirmed when he has respected the Senate’s constitutional advise and consent role and abandoned his frequent refusals even to discuss nominees. Indeed, the Senate confirmed over 300 of President Bush’s judicial nominees and cut vacancies by more than half.” 

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