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Trump Stuffs Democrats Harris And Feinstein On Ninth Circuit Judges

Ed Whelan of National Review Online reports that:

Amidst concerns that many of us had that the White House was striking a bad deal with California’s Democratic senators, I am delighted to report that President Trump has announced an outstanding slate of Ninth Circuit nominees to three vacancies in California. Specifically, the president will renominate Daniel P. Collins and Kenneth K. Lee, and he will nominate Daniel A. Bress.

Bress is being nominated in lieu of Patrick J. Bumatay, who is in turn being nominated to a district-court vacancy. I don’t know what the behind-the-scenes story is here, but I will attest that Bress, who, like Collins, is a former Scalia clerk, is by all accounts outstanding. Bress was in the running for a nomination last year, and there is zero reason to view his nomination as some sort of concession to Senator Feinstein or Senator Harris (who have jointly declared their opposition to all three nominees).

As for Bumatay, I hope that he’s not too disappointed by the change in the seat to which he is being nominated. His experience, including as a federal prosecutor, arguably makes him especially well-suited to a federal district judgeship.

The President’s decision to nominate a slate of solidly conservative judges to the Ninth Circuit vacancies is another demonstration of Trump’s acumen in recognizing the nexus between politics, policy and the judiciary.

This is especially good news because on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board reported that the White House counsel was prepared to let go of two 9th Circuit nominations in order to appease Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), both of whom serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee and could further scuttle an already tumultuous process for confirming Trump’s nominees.

The purported deal would have allowed Democrats to choose their own candidate for one of the three available 9th Circuit judgeships. Trump would choose another, and Democrats would choose the final one from the president’s list of preferred nominees.

Sam Dorman, reporting for the Independent Journal Review, identified several prominent individuals on the right who criticized the rumored deal and urged the president not to cave on nominating conservatives to the Ninth Circuit.

Our friend Carrie Sevarino (@JCNSeverino) tweeted:

Sens Harris and Feinstein wrote the book on dirty politics during the Kavanaugh process & are bullying Trump’s other noms.  They refused to negotiate in good faith on picking 9th circuit noms before.  Why let them undermine Trump’s greatest legacy?

And conservative All-Star Ken Blackwell (@kenblackwell) also weighed-in via Twitter:

No deals with Senate liberals!

A Bad Judges Deal The White House may make concessions to Feinstein and Harris.

Conservative commentator Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) also laid the rumored bad deal at the feet of the new White House Counsel:

Unbeknownst to @realDonaldTrump, the new White House Counsel is trying to cut a deal with Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris to put some progressives on the 9th Circuit.

Whether the rumored deal was real or not and only covered three vacancies, Severino worried that it would set a poor precedent for future negotiations.

“If they are allowed to do this here, then I think it would just embolden other senators to try to just use this as a political logrolling tactic rather than really engage in a fair discussion of how can we work with the administration,” she told IJR.

Severino also doubted that Democrats would loosen their grip on the confirmation process after this deal. She said it was “ludicrous” to expect a 2020 candidate like Harris to dampen her criticism in the event that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retired.

These conservative judicial nominations are especially good news because Senate Republicans are very close to changing the body’s rules governing the amount of time the Senate can debate a nomination.

As Huge Hewett wrote recently, at present, any single senator can deny unanimous consent to limit the time of 30 hours per nomination. And that’s what Democrats did throughout 2017 and 2018, slow-walking every nomination. Republicans tried in vain to reach a compromise with Democrats that would reinstate the rules on time allocation that were adopted in a bipartisan fashion during the 2013-2014 Senate term. Because then-Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., invoked the so-called nuclear option in 2013 to change the rules of the Senate to allow for simple majority confirmations of all nominees except those to the Supreme Court, the precedent Reid set wasn’t just about the number of votes necessary to advise and consent to nominations. It was about the number of senators needed to change a rule of the Senate. Since Reid went “nuclear,” a majority is now sufficient to alter Senate procedure.

Now, says Hewett, McConnell is set to ask the Senate to change the time limits for debate. With 53 Republicans and a vast array of vacancies in the executive and judicial branches to fill, McConnell is expected to prevail on his caucus and the new rules on the amount of debate to enter into effect very quickly. Thus, the pace of nominations acted on — for or against — will accelerate dramatically. The crippling of the Trump administration’s appointment process and the blockade on judicial vacancies with majority support is about to end.

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Judicial nominations & elections

Since the Democrat Communist Party of America members in Congress (AKA democrats) created and have been using totally politically biased activist judges for decades to legislate from the bench it is time we have a president that is trying to correct the complete corruption of the Justice Dept. Judge shopping by the democrat communists has been going on for the past twenty years at an astounding rate and needs to be ended. Breaking up the liberal stacking of entire federal circuits is not only necessary but appropriate.