by Sheri Urban
While the House Democrats were busy with impeachment, the Senate has confirmed an “avalanche” of Trump-backed judges in the same time-frame.
NY Post reports:
House Democrats have unsuccessfully tried to force President Trump out of office.
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have been successfully transforming the federal judiciary for decades to come.
One of Trump’s biggest judicial triumphs is that he just flipped the historically ultra-liberal U.S. Court of Appeals (circuit courts).
One in four judges in the circuit courts have now been appointed by Trump.
Nine of the country’s thirteen circuit courts were dominated by Democratic appointees at the time Trump took office.
Now, seven of the thirteen courts have Republican majorities.
This was one of Trump’s central campaign promise and now he has overseen a record number of judicial confirmations.
“Trump has had 50 of his circuit-court judges confirmed — far more than any other recent president at this point in their first terms. President Barack Obama managed just half that number, 25, in the same time frame,” NY Post reported.
“Altogether, 187 Trump-nominated federal judges have been confirmed by the Senate — outpacing the 169 new judges named by George W. Bush and the 166 brought on board by Bill Clinton in their first three years.”
“Senators approved two Trump nominees, Patrick Bumatay and Lawrence VanDyke, for seats on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 10 and 11 as the House Judiciary Committee tussled over the phrasing of its impeachment articles,” the report added.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel told radio host Hugh Hewitt, “The pace is dramatic.”
“My motto for the remainder of this Congress is ‘leave no vacancy behind.’”
Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson added, “The judicial confirmations have been Trump’s greatest achievement, as far as conservatives are concerned.”
“These Trump justices will be on the bench for 25 to 30 years,” Jacobson added.