Steve Grasz, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, pushed back on the American Bar Association’s review process in a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday.

The ABA recently rated Grasz, a senior counsel at Husch Blackwell in Omaha and a former Nebraska chief deputy attorney general, as not qualified for the position. It was the first time the ABA, which routinely rates federal judicial nominees, had publicly given such a rating for a circuit court nominee since 2006. Republican senators chalked the rating up to partisanship in Wednesday’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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