After Kavanaugh Victory, Trump Blindsides Democrats With More Nominations

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The naming of his second Supreme Court Justice is not the end of the impact President Donald Trump is making in America’s court system. He just announced his 18th wave of judicial nominees on Wednesday night, only four days after the Senate confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the highest court in the land. 

Wednesday’s nominees include two candidates for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and three for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 2nd Circuit is based in New York City and has jurisdiction over New York, Connecticut and Vermont. The 9th Circuit is based in San Francisco, and hears cases coming from nine western states as well as Pacific territories.

Michael Park of Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC and Judge Joseph Bianco of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York were chosen for the 2nd Circuit. Patrick Bumatay, Daniel Collins and Kenneth Kiyul Lee were selected for the 9th Circuit. 

Trump has battled in securing confirmations to both courts. The president’s only confirmation to the 9th Circuit, Judge Mark Bennett, is a largely unknown quantity and has questionable conservative roots. Ryan Bounds, Trump’s second nominee in the 9th Circuit lost a narrow floor vote because of a racially tinged opinion column he wrote as an undergraduate at Stanford University. 

The Senate has yet to confirm a Trump nominee to the 2nd Circuit.

Circuit courts issue final judgment in the majority of federal cases because the Supreme Court hear less than 80 cases per year. 

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Trump’s newest package also includes eight nominees for trial courts in California, Nebraska, New York, Ohio and Tennessee.

The Senate may move on further judicial confirmations before the November elections. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee seems ready to forward nine nominations to the full Senate for final confirmation on Thursday, and a confirmation hearing for lower court nominees is scheduled for Oct. 17. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will seek terms with Democrats to confirm a package of judges before the chamber adjourns for the midterms.

“There are still tools that I have available, that’s why I canceled the August recess,” McConnell said on Saturday. “And that’s something I’ll discuss with Sen. Schumer before we leave for the election.”

With Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the Senate has installed 69 of Trump’s nominees on the federal courts. Another 30 currently await final floor action. Trump set a record for appeals court confirmations during the first year of a presidency in 2017.

Credit: Daily Caller