President Donald Trump has moved on nominations for multiple California-based federal judges in an attempt to reshape the west coast judiciary, according to Fox News.
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. “But objections from California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, over his lack of judicial experience and other issues, derailed the nomination. Trump later nominated Bumatay, who is openly gay, to a district court seat but his name resurfaced over the summer for a possible comeback bid for the Ninth Circuit amid a new vacancy.”
While home state senators approval are typically sought in the cases of judicial nominations, it is more ceremony than policy and not required, therefore the president has bypassed the tradition with many of his recent nominations in hopes of seating conservatives on the being.
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.”
It’s believed likely that Graham and the other Republicans on the Committee will be in favor of the president’s recent picks which include Lawrence VanDyke, a Justice Department official and former Nevada solicitor general, for the Ninth Circuit.
Carrie Severino, who serves as the chief counsel for the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, praised VanDyke’s record fighting against “the overreach by the Obama Administration and its job-killing EPA.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.