President Donald Trump is reportedly working on a strategy that would change the face of the judiciary in this nation for the next three to five decades, according to a report in POLITICO.
“There’s a saying inside Trump world when it comes to choosing nominees for judicial vacancies: ‘If you’re 60 or older, forget about it. President Donald Trump wants to ensure conservative control of the federal court system for the next 50 years — not just the next decade,” POLITICO’s Gabby Orr wrote in her article on the issue.
According to Orr’s reporting, there are a group of judicial nominees waiting for confirmation that would put judges nominated by the president over 25 percent margin. That group will likely be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Thursday.
“When Trump took the stage Wednesday to discuss the latest milestone in his effort to reshape the judiciary, it was another event that guaranteed a temporary reprieve from the topic of impeachment,” Orr reported.
According to POLITICO, the president focused in on his work to change the judiciary to something closer to the right side of the political spectrum.
“This is such a big moment in our history,” Trump said, going on to say that he plans to take the lead “in terms of [the] quality and quantity” of his judicial appointees “by the time we finish.”
Trump continued, “The average age of my newly appointed circuit court judges is under 50. They’re young, smart and that’s 10 years younger than the average age of President Obama’s nominees.”
The nominations come shortly after he hit a milestone 150 federal judicial nominations earlier this month. Two of his more recent nominations were for influential San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges, according to Fox News, whose jurisdiction will spread across most of the western United States.
“Among the nominees is Patrick Bumatay, a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of California whom Trump nominated last year for the same job,” Fox News reported.
According to Fox News, Democrats were furious and conservatives overjoyed when Trump saw his 150th federal judge confirmed.
“This is a historic milestone,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement according to Fox. “As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will continue to push through highly qualified, conservative judges at all levels of the federal courts.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.