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President Obama Has Selected the First Muslim to Become a Federal Judge


The president nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi to become a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

“I am pleased to nominate Mr. Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”

As The Washington Examiner reported, Qureshi is the first Muslim nominated to become a federal judge:

Qureshi, a partner in a Washington law firm who specializes in False Claims Act cases, healthcare fraud and securities violations, is the first Muslim nominated to the federal bench.
Qureshi is a partner for Latham & Watkins LLC in the Litigation & Trials department. Latham & Watkins is the highest grossing law firm in the world with over $2.6 billion in revenue and is considered one of the most prestigious.

After a seven week Congressional recess, the nomination of Qureshi signals confrontation over judicial appointments. Judge Merrick Garland, tapped to replace the late conservative justice Antonin Scalia, is yet to receive a Senate appointment hearing.

The Huffington Post acknowledged the nomination is unlikely to go any further, but lauded it for its “symbolic value”:

But the nomination carries a symbolic value: It lands in the midst of a chaotic presidential campaign in which GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that a Muslim federal judge wouldn’t


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