Conservatives are warning the administration against any deal with California’s Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris regarding judicial picks for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, The Washington Times is reporting.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Harris and Feinstein, in a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone, have proposed “that the White House work with us to reach an agreement on a consensus package of nominees.”
The Journal said the Democrats want to pick one name from the White House list, one from their own, and a third consensus nominee.
In an editorial, the Journal noted the White House believes working with both senators would produce less resistance to President Donald Trump’s other judicial nominees.
“Why do we need to do a deal?” said Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Wednesday. “This is totally within our purview. We can do this with 51 votes, and we’ve shown that we can do that. We stuck together as a Republican caucus in the Senate and delivered results for the president. And he has sent up really good candidates.”
The Washington Times noted Trump has been critical of the liberal bent on the court. Trump had made five nominations to fill vacancies on the court last year, but all were sent back. He has since nominated two of them again.
And Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who was also interviewed on Hewitt’s radio show, said: “We shouldn’t cave to those who want to get the president to veer off his path of nominating and us confirming originalists.”
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