Press Release

Lee Confirmed Despite Concerns About Views and Transparency

May 15, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2019 – Following today’s Senate confirmation of Kenneth Lee, President Trump’s nominee for a seat on the Ninth Circuit, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“The confirmation of Kenneth Lee is President Trump’s latest move to reshape the Ninth Circuit, a court he has frequently criticized, into a more conservative court that will rubber stamp his agenda. Kenneth Lee has a hard-right conservative record and a history of inflammatory writings about race, civil rights, voting rights and sexual assault – and he failed to disclose many of those past writings during his confirmation process. Nothing in Lee’s record reassures us that he can be a fair-minded jurist, and his confirmation has been pushed through over the objections of both of his home-state senators, Senators Harris and Feinstein, who have expressed deep concerns about his views and lack of transparency.”