Mike Pence Breaks Tie To Confirm “Unqualified” Judge

Courthouse News reports:

With Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote, the Senate has narrowly confirmed a judge to the Eighth Circuit whom the American Bar Association rated as not qualified.

Jonathan Kobes, who has served since 2014 as general counsel to Senator Mike Rounds, R-S.D., will be the second Trump appointee on the Eighth Circuit the Senate has confirmed over a negative ABA rating, following Judge Steven Grasz a year ago.

Pence’s vote was necessary because Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has vowed not to vote for any of Trump’s nominees until the Senate votes on a bill aimed at protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller.