“This is some bullsh*t,” said Democratic Senate candidate Charles Booker, calling it a “complete slap in the face”
By IGOR DERYSH
Deputy Politics Editor, Salon
PUBLISHED IN SALON JUNE 30, 2022 8:36AM (EDT)
Kentucky does not have any judicial openings but under the deal reported by the outlet, Biden would nominate Federalist Society member Chad Meredith, an anti-abortion attorney, when a vacancy comes up. Under the deal, McConnell agreed not to hold up Biden’s future federal nominations, according to the report.
Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., told the outlet that he “strongly opposes” the trade.
“Given that a judicial position isn’t currently open on the Eastern District Court, it’s clear that this is part of some larger deal on judicial nominations between the president and Mitch McConnell,” he told the outlet. “The last thing we need is another extremist on the bench.”
The deal comes after the Supreme Court overturned federal abortion protections last week. Biden vowed after the decision to “do all in my power to protect a woman’s right in states where they will face the consequences of today’s decision.”
Meredith, the former Kentucky solicitor general, has represented numerous Republicans in court cases seeking to restrict abortion access and limit pandemic health measures. He previously served as deputy counsel to right-wing former Gov. Matt Bevin and defended a 2017 Kentucky law requiring doctors who perform abortions to perform ultrasounds and describe the images to patients.