WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2018 – Following today’s announcement by President Trump that he will nominate Neomi Rao to Brett Kavanaugh’s former seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“This nomination to a court that is second in importance only to the U.S. Supreme Court appears to be entirely consistent with this administration’s stated goal of using the justice system to eviscerate a whole host of legal protections for Americans. Neomi Rao seems to epitomize the Trump Administration’s slash-and-burn approach to deregulation. Given that the D.C. Circuit handles most of the litigation related to health, safety and civil rights issues in this country, AFJ will study Ms. Rao’s record and will urge the Senate to closely scrutinize her credentials for this key court. The nomination should not be fast-tracked by Senate Republicans or rushed to completion without careful vetting and examination — or the wellbeing of the American people will suffer.”