U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight and Federal Courts, issued the following statement after a judicial panel dropped a plan to ban membership in the Federalist Society but back the liberal activist American Bar Association. Earlier this year, Sasse led a group of 29 Senators demanding this change of course. 

“I’m glad the Judicial Conference decided not to participate in a vicious liberal smear campaign against the Federalist Society.  Senator Whitehouse can hyperventilate about the Illuminati all he wants, but the Federalist Society is a group of law students and lawyers with diverse opinions who formed a debate society.  Because they take the Constitution and the rule of law seriously, they’ve been the target of a ruthless blitz that will ultimately erode confidence in an independent and fair Judiciary. The Judicial Conference made the right call.”


The Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States, a panel that provides binding guidance to judges, dropped a proposal that would have restricted judges from being members of the Federal Society and the American Constitution Society. The Committee’s draft would not have restricted membership in the American Bar Association, a liberal advocacy organization with a long history of controversial opinions on everything from anti-free speech to pro-abortion opinions.

Sasse’s letter to the Judicial Conference is available here

Sasse has consistently defended the Federalist Society and called out the American Bar Association’s hypocrisy