Rao Will Not Be a Fair and Impartial Judge

Courts News 02.28,19

February 28, 2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristen Voorhees, [email protected], 202.548.7166

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s advancement of Neomi Rao’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit:

“Neomi Rao’s past is her prologue. Her writings have demonstrated hostility towards sexual assault survivors, racial discrimination, climate change, and LGBTQ people. She has implemented these extremist views in her current role as the Trump administration’s regulatory affairs department head, and has systematically devastated public protections for sexual assault survivors, those facing discrimination, and the environment. Rao’s record shows she will not be a fair and impartial judge, and senators must not fill the seat vacated by Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit with another right-wing ideologue. Our country needs independent and fair-minded judges, not a partisan takeover of our courts to roll back our civil and human rights.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.