While everyone (or just about) has been focusing on James Comey and the “Russians”, the Trump administration is chugging along with swamp draining and moving the agenda forward.
President Trump announced a new round of 11 judicial nominations Wednesday, including three nominees for high-profile federal appeals courts.
One of the nominees, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison H. Eid, is being tapped by the president to fill a vacancy on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals created when Justice Neil M. Gorsuch was confirmed for the Supreme Court in April.
Judge Eid was on Mr. Trump’s list of conservative potential Supreme Court nominees that he presented to voters during the presidential campaign last year. She has served on Colorado’s high court since 2006, and previously was the state’s solicitor general.
“These nominations follow the successful nomination and confirmation of associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court, the successful nomination and confirmation of Judge Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky to serve as a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the nomination of numerous candidates to other judgeships,” the White House said in a statement.
Mr. Trump also nominated U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson of North Dakota to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and said he intends to nominate University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Stephanos Bibas to serve on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Erickson has served on the district court since 2003.
At least two of the nominees, Judge Eid and Mr. Bibas, are listed as legal “experts” by the conservative Federalist Society, which has advised Mr. Trump on judicial nominations. Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, called the latest wave of nominees “a fantastic list.”
Another eight judicial candidates have already been named.
So far, the Senate has confirmed just one of Trump’s circuit court selections, but thanks to the Reid Rule, Democrats are powerless to stop any of them without assistance from their Republican colleagues. These nominations should be approved quickly so that some of the damage President Obama inflicted by packing these lower courts with liberals can be undone.
Liberals aren’t happy. From Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection:
In perhaps the best indication that Trump is keeping his promises as to judicial nominees, The NY Times reports that liberal groups are dismayed:
Liberal groups expressed dismay.
“Trump’s nominees thus far have had troubling records that have raised real concerns about their ability to act independently of the executive branch,” said Nan Aron, the president of the Alliance for Justice. “Like the previous nominees, this new slate has the burden to show that they are qualified to lifetime appointments to the federal bench.”
Now Mitch McConnell and the Senate Judiciary Committee need to do their job and get these people quick hearings and up or down votes.