The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is about to become about ten percent less crazy. President Trump has nominated three new judges for the 29-seat circuit court, over the objections of the two senators representing their home state of California. Until Trump discarded the practice, home state senators were allowed to veto judicial nominations for courts in their states, a custom known as the “blue slip.” That seems quaint these days, a relic of a bygone era in which actual qualifications, not ideology, were the issue in Senate confirmation votes that, anyway, required a filibuster-proof 60 votes.
As a result, President Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are filling the federal bench with judges and justices who read and apply the Constitution instead of deciding which outcome they want ideologically and then finding a rationalization for it.
Emily Cadei and Kate Irby of the Sacramento Bee report:
After months of negotiations and delays, the White House is moving to fill California’s three vacancies on the influential 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – over the strenuous objections of the state’s two Democratic senators.
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