WASHINGTON, D.C., April 25, 2018 – Following today’s confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s latest nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Andrew Oldham, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“Incredibly, another Trump judicial nominee, Andrew Oldham, refused today to give a yes or no answer when asked if Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided, just days after Wendy Vitter caused outrage by refusing to answer the same question. Oldham also refused to answer repeated questions about whether he believes voting discrimination still exists in the U.S., and was evasive about his role in Texas’s scheme to undermine DACA, whether he stands by his past remarks disparaging federal health and safety agencies, and whether he believes implicit racial bias exists or affects incarceration rates. This is stunning. Nominees to the federal bench have a constitutional obligation to demonstrate that they will safeguard our rights and liberties. With Oldham’s evasive responses and non-answers today, he failed to satisfy that requirement.”