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Trump, McConnell Working to Get Conservatives as Judges

Trump, McConnell Working to Get Conservatives as Judges

By    |   Tuesday, 05 September 2017 08:51 AM

Despite tension between the two men, President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are on a shared mission to push through a host of conservative nominees as federal judges, CNN reports.

And it could result in the biggest reshaping of the federal courts by conservatives in decades, according to the news network.

There are presently 124 open positions on the federal courts, CNN noted. All the posts are lifetime positions. And McConnell remains the point man for conservatives pushing for certain candidates.

Included in the early choices for U.S. appears courts are several people who served as law clerks to either the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia or conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, CNN reported. And of the three appeals court nominees who have been confirmed so far, two are from McConnell's home state of Kentucky.

"It can't be overstated the impact the individuals (Trump's) appointing will have on millions of people across the country and their children for a generation or two," said Dan Goldberg, legal director at the liberal Alliance for Justice (AFJ), The Hill reported.

"The Supreme Court only hears about 80 cases a year. Ninety-nine percent of cases end in the federal courts of appeal or at the trial level."

Trump was able to get his appointment of Neil Gorsuch confirmed for the Supreme Court. And any judicial nominee can now win confirmation with a simple Senate vote — not the 60 votes, as had been the practice for decades. It makes it that much easier for Trump appointments to win confirmation, CNN reported.

McConnell and other GOP lawmakers are pushing for quick action on nominees.

Meanwhile, some Democrats bristle at the suggestion they are trying to delay the confirmation process on federal judges.

"Let me be clear: Democratic senators are doing their due diligence in reviewing these nominees," California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said. "There's been no obstruction."

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