Abe Fortas

Judicial appointments became even more contentious as the century wore on. <b><a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PEHST000692" title="Abe Fortas" href="/topic/arts-culture/abe-fortas-PEHST000692.topic">Abe Fortas</a>, </b>a sitting associate justice, was forced to withdraw after he was nominated to be chief justice by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PEHST000117" title="Lyndon B. Johnson" href="/topic/politics-government/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/lyndon-b.-johnson-PEHST000117.topic">President Lyndon B. Johnson</a>. Republicans questioned Fortas' financial dealings and his ties to Johnson. After he failed to become chief justice, Fortas was forced to resign during the Nixon administration amid questions about financial misconduct.

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Judicial appointments became even more contentious as the century wore on. Abe Fortas, a sitting associate justice, was forced to withdraw after he was nominated to be chief justice by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Republicans questioned Fortas' financial dealings and his ties to Johnson. After he failed to become chief justice, Fortas was forced to resign during the Nixon administration amid questions about financial misconduct.

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