GOP Sens. Call ABA's 'Thurmond Rule' Letter Partisan

Law360, New York (June 26, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT) -- Senate Republicans on Monday accused the American Bar Association of “selective advocacy” and partisanship for its pressure on the Senate to vote on pending circuit court nominations before invoking the so-called Leahy-Thurmond Rule.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, defended the use of the rule, which prevents votes on judicial nominations for a certain period leading up to a presidential election, in a letter they wrote in response to the ABA's own June 20 letter to the Senate.

The Republican senators...
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