President Lyndon Johnson Nominates Abe Fortas to Supreme Court Hot

President Lyndon Johnson Nominates Abe Fortas to Supreme Court

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President Lyndon Johnson nominates Abe Fortas to the Supreme Court. He replaces Justice Arthur Goldberg, whom Johnson has convinced to resign and accept an appointment to the United Nations so Fortas can be nominated.

Abe Fortas is a close friend and advisor to President Johnson, and he hopes that Fortas will keep him apprised of what's going on with the Supreme Court.

There's a lot of criticism of the Fortas nomination, much of it focusing specifically on his relationship with the president. Rep. Durward G. Hall (R-MO) says:

"There is serious question whether Mr. Fortas will be able to exercise independence because of his intimate ties with the President [Johnson] and because he has been a quiet participant in some of the more dubious transactions involving the Johnson administration."

Senator John J. Williams (R-DE) says:

"It is with regret that I must announce that I am not able to support the President in this instance. ...

Contrary to the President's claim that he had looked all over America to find the best qualified man for the job. It is quite obvious that he did not look far beyond his inner circle of friends."

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Senator J. Strom Thurmond fights nomination of Abe Fortas 1968

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