Judicial Nominations and the Department of Justice

The George W. Bush administration entered office with an organized and precise plan for nominating and confirming judges to federal benches, including that of the Supreme Court. This project will highlight the stories of people throughout this process, including voices from the White House, the Department of Justice, and private-sector advisers to and observers of the process.

Lead Scholar - Dr. Aaron Crawford




Rachel Brand

Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice

Leonard Leo

The Federalist Society; United States Commission on International Religious Freedom; Catholic Strategist for the 2004 Bush Presidential Campaign

Viet Dinh

Assistant Attorney General of the United States

Larry Thompson

Deputy Attorney General of the United States

Fred Fielding

White House Counsel

Jeffrey Toobin

Legal Analyst for The New Yorker

C. Boyden Gray

United States Ambassador to the European Union

Frank Williams

Justice on the U.S. Military Commission Review Panel; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island

These interviews will remain sealed from public viewing until a date specified in the agreement with each individual.