Trump the court to choose, whose family fled persecution blasts racist accusations as “hurtful” during the hearing

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Steven Menashi is an accelerated Senate hearing was given to the President Trump the nomination from him last August.

President Trump denied’s pick for a seat on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals stubbornly, he holds racist beliefs, or favors “racial purity” during his hearing on Wednesday morning, as he replied, inflammatory allegations against him.

During the hearing, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., observed, that nominated Steven Menashi has given “unusually personal” and “vicious” attacks of this kind, in allusion to a segment on Rachel Maddow, the MSNBC show in which she discussed a law journal article Menashi wrote in 2010, entitled “ethno-nationalism and liberal democracy.” Maddow cited Menashi ‘ s to suggest use of the term “ethno-nationalism”, he is aligned with the white nationalists, claiming that he was on the “edge of racial thinking.”


“I can’t”, I’m absolutely Menashi said. “It is hurtful and I think that it pretends to be, what I have written.”

The article, published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, was about how Israel can be both a Jewish and a liberal democracy. In this context, he explained how there is a precedent for the democratic countries have a common ethnicity, with a common set of properties and relations to people in the diaspora.

When asked about the article, saying during the hearing, Menashi, he said, Israel is out of the norm. He said he was not suggest the United States should be advised an ethnically homogeneous society, but to the fact that U.S. citizens have a common identity on the basis of the “constitutional traditions.”

Menashi, he said, is not only not an advocate of “racial purity”,” he is especially sensitive to ethnic or religious discrimination because his family members were victims of this persecution. He is the descendant of Iraqi Jews, and his paternal grandparents fled Iraq helped Kurdish neighbors, smuggle his grandmother out of their city.


From there the family went to Iran, and his father was born in Tehran. They eventually fled the country ” because they is no confidence in the courts in an impartial manner,” would not accept the testimony of Jews.

Menashi said that on his mother’s side, his grandfather in the Ukraine and fled to Poland, finally makes its way to the Bronx. Relatives of the murdered in Europe during the Holocaust.


Another point of contention during the hearing was whether Menashi talk could be about the legal advice that he has given, in his role with the White House counsel’s office. He was asked a lot of questions about whether he will advise, in particular, problems such as the reduction in the number of refugees must have access to the United States and the policy of separation of families on the border. Over and over, Menashi refused to answer, to ask, this was protected by confidentiality.

Senate Judiciary Committee members, including ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to answer Problem with Menashi ‘ s refusal has basic questions. Feinstein pointed out that in a previous administration lawyer in the face of a court hearing, he answered these questions.

Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., pointed out, to answer that in this situation, the Committee said the administration, which authorizes the candidate to ask questions. Graham said that, while the Committee the same would not have done for Menashi, you did it.

“What are you doing here, is not said fair,” Graham.

At the same time, Graham said that, while Menashi, you should not expect to reveal the specific advice he gave, he should say to be able to whether or not, he gave advice to these questions. Menashi was still advice restrained in the matter of certain migration-specific issues.


Durbin eventually lost his temper, while his frustrated question, Menashi, say try, it is “inappropriate” to search for him even the nomination would, if he answer no questions. Menashi, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and was a partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, was qualified as “good” by the American Bar Association.

A topic where Menashi was more forthcoming about the recent court nominees on the Brown v. Board of Education, the laws of the separation of the public schools to be unconstitutional. Normally, the nominated sub-let it, your thoughts on any specific case, in the event that these issues come back before the courts. But Menashi said that Brown is an exception because of its importance for American life, and he expressed his support for the decision.

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