While You Were Focused on The Kraken, the Senate Continued Confirming Trump Federal Judges
Long ago Mitch McConnell vowed to leave no federal judicial vacancy unfilled by the end of Trump’s first term. That promise is close to being kept despite Democrat and media outcry.
Mitch McConnell long ago promised to leave no federal court vacancy unfilled by the end of Trump’s first term. Depending on what happens in the next three weeks, this may be Trump’s only term and McConnell has continued moving judicial nominations through to confirmation.
Needless to say, Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are not happy, particularly as Republican’s move to fill a vacancy on the First Circuit caused by the death of a judge, and the vacancy on the 7th Circuit caused by Amy Coney Barrett joining the Supreme Court.
Bloomberg News cries:
Senate Republicans are racing ahead with post-election judicial confirmations, breaking a 123-year tradition against voting on judicial nominees of an outgoing president of the defeated party during a lame duck session.
The Senate has confirmed six district court nominees since reconvening after the Nov. 3 election that saw Democrat Joe Biden defeat President Donald Trump. Trial court nominees confirmed this week included another Trump nominee rated unqualified by the American Bar Association.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also wants to confirm Trump’s two remaining circuit picks whose nominations arose after Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s elevation to the Supreme Court from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the death of a First Circuit judge….
We’re going to run through the tape,” McConnell said to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt after Barrett’s confirmation on Oct. 30. “We go through the end of the year, and so does the president.”
The next roll call votes are scheduled for Nov. 30.
Axios notes that the senate just confirmed the youngest District Court judge:
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed lawyer Kathryn Kimball Mizelle to a lifetime judgeship on U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in a 49-41 vote.
Why it matters: It’s the sixth Trump-appointed district judge the Senate has confirmed since Election Day, breaking with the body’s tradition against approving nominees of a lame-duck president.
Even after losing the presidential election, Trump and Republicans have continued to reshape the judiciary at a blistering pace with a slew of young, conservative judges.
The Senate had only once approved the nominee of a president who lost re-election since 1987, Brookings Institution fellow Russell Wheeler told Bloomberg Law.
The big picture: Democrats have criticized the Washington, D.C.-based lawyer’s record, arguing she has never tried a criminal or civil case as lead or co-counsel.
The 33-year-old, who has eight years of legal experience, is President Trump’s youngest judicial appointment. She would be among the youngest federal judges in the U.S.
A substantial majority of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee gave Mizelle a “Not Qualified” rating for the position, citing the “short time she has actually practiced law and her lack of meaningful trial experience.”
The other side: Republicans have touted Mizelle’s resume, which includes a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
--While You Were Focused on The Kraken, the Senate Continued Confirming Trump Federal Judges
-RETRIEVED-Fri Nov 20 2020 02:02:05 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)