President Donald Trump Taps 11 Federal Court Judge Nominees
Former Director James Comey admitted under oath on Thursday that he intentionally leaked a privileged memo to the media by asking a Columbia Law professor friend to do so.
President Donald Trump on the other hand began to quietly set about replacing Obama-era lower federal court judges.
Comey may find himself in front of one of them soon.
On Thursday, Trump revealed his list of 11 lower court judicial nominees. It’s a step toward undoing the damage Obama did when he named about one-third of all “liberal” judges currently presiding on federal appeals courts.
Those who critique presidential selections of judges indicated their approval of Trump’s nominees.
Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network called the list “a fantastic list.”
Severino said further:
“Many of the nominees are well known in the conservative legal movement and have shown commitment to principled and evenhanded application of the law throughout their careers. For the many Americans whose top concern in November was electing a president who would put committed constitutionalists to the courts, this is another major victory.”
John Adler, director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law said:
“President Trump continues to put forward superlative judicial nominees with sterling credentials and impressive intellects. It’s especially notable that President Trump continues to pick current and former academics for the appellate bench — more so than any recent president. This will only magnify the impact his nominees are likely to have on the federal courts.”
One of the nominees Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison H. Eid will be the replacement for Justice Neil M. Gorsuch who was confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court.
She has served on her states’ high court since 2006. Prior to that she was the state’s solicitor general. Her name also showed up on Trump’s list of conservative nominees for Supreme Court during Trump’s campaign.
In addition, Trump nominated U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson from North Dakota to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Reportedly, Trump plans to also nominate University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Stephanos Bibas for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Bibas clerked under Judge Patrick Higginbotham and Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The other nominees are: Michael P. Allen, Amanda L. Meredith and Joseph L. Toth for the Veterans Claims Appeals Court, Dabney L. Friedrich, Timothy J. Kelly and Trevor N. McFadden for the District Court of the District of Columbia, Stephen S. Schwartz for the Court of Federal Claim and Claria Horn Boom for district judge of the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah had this to say about Trump’s judicial nominees:
“The time has come to right the wrongs of the previous administration. These supremely qualified jurists will restore respect and credibility to the judicial branch by saying what the law is — not what it ought to be.”
Knowing that these judges are highly qualified and conservative will most certainly mean an uphill battle when it comes to their confirmation hearings.
The Republicans may just have to rely upon a simple majority to get them confirmed.