Dems challenge Trump judicial nominees about Knights of Columbus membership

Sens., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, concerns about court nominee Brian buescher is the membership of the Knights of Columbus.
(The Associated Press)

Two democratic U.S. senators are considering a Federal judicial candidate about his membership in the Knights of Columbus, drawing a strict rebuke from the Catholic organization.

Sens., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, raised concerns about the Omaha-based attorney Brian buescher membership as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee ‘ s report of his nomination by President Trump to sit on the U.S. district court in Nebraska, as first the Catholic news Agency reported.

In a series of questions sent to Buescher, asked Hirono, whether his membership in the Knights of Columbus would prevent him hearing of cases “fairly and impartially” and, confirmed if whether he is at the end of his membership in the Roman Catholic charitable organization.

“The Knights of Columbus has a number of extreme positions,” said Hirono in the questionnaire. “For example, there was supposed to be one of the top authors in the California Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage.”


In his reply, Büscher argues that the knights of Columbus’ official positions on topics not each of the members of the group and said he would recuse himself from the hearing, where he saw a conflict of interest.

“The Knights of Columbus do not take the authority to, the personal political positions as a representative for all of its two million members,” Buescher wrote. “If confirmed, I the provisions of the code of conduct for United States judges in relation to alienation and disqualification shall apply.”

Harris, your questions to the candidates, called the Knights of Columbus, “an exclusively male society” and asked, Nebraska lawyer if he was aware that the group he came up with the anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage. The California senator to the Supreme knight Carl A. Anderson’s statement that abortion amounted to “the killing of innocents on a massive scale” – and asked, Buescher, when he agreed with the statement.

Buescher replied that his involvement in the group was mainly for charitable work and community events in his local Catholic parish. He said he would.the compliance with the judicial precedent in relation to abortion


Kathleen Blomquist, a spokesman for the knights of Columbus, ravaged the questions of Hirono and Harris as a throwback to the past, the anti-Catholic rhetoric.

“Our country is the sad history of anti-Catholic bigotry contributed to the founding of the Knights of Columbus, and we are proud of the many Catholics to wear the overcame this hurdle so much to our country,” she told the CNA.

Blomquist added: “We were very disappointed to see that a commitment to Catholic principles through membership in the Knights of Columbus—a non-profit organization that maintains and promotes the Catholic teachings, which would be seen as a disqualifier from public service in this day and age.”


The Knights of Columbus was founded in the USA in the year 1882 as a society for the working class and immigrant Catholics. It has since expanded to the charitable services, including war and disaster relief and the promotion of Catholic education.

The group, however under controversy for some of their official stance on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage, as well as his political activities.

This is not the first time that one was confronted by Trump judicial nominees, questions of faith bound.

In 2017, Federal-judicial-nominee Amy Barrett — professor at Notre Dame Law School and a devout Catholic-has been questioned by Democratic senators about how their faith would influence their decisions of the Bank. Barrett was finally confirmed as a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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