President Trump is taking aim at the federal courts on Monday as he plans to roll-out several conservative nominees for judicial vacancies.
Building off his highly successful appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Fox News reported that Trump has a strong list of constitutional conservatives that he’s ready to announce.
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) May 8, 2017
A senior official with the administration said they are slated to unveil at least five judicial nominees on Monday, suggesting that the president’s goal is to dramatically shift the way the federal courts have operated the last eight years.
As Fox News reported:
Two of them originally were on the list of 21 candidates that the Trump transition team considered for the Supreme Court vacancy left by Antonin Scalia’s death, and ultimately filled by Gorsuch. According to the senior administration official, they are Justice Joan Larsen of the Michigan Supreme Court and Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
But one area where these nominations can have a huge impact is the federal courts. While Supreme Court vacancies capture national attention, a president can leave a lasting legacy by getting like-minded justices confirmed to U.S. district, circuit and other courts across the country.
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton appointed more than 300 federal judges over the course of their terms. In his very first year alone, Trump has the opportunity to fill more than 130 judicial vacancies from the lower federal courts.
After the five judges are announced on Monday, the Trump administration will reportedly continue to periodically roll out even more conservative names until all of the vacancies are filled.
On Friday, White House Counsel Don McGahn said that the president was putting his “finishing touches” on the list, adding that people “would be amazed” by what he plans to announce.
— Jessie Jane Duff (@JessieJaneDuff) May 8, 2017
The massive opportunity allows Trump to shift the political imbalance currently on our court system, which will be vital as left-leaning courts continually overrule him on his most important executive orders.
The president also told the The Washington Examiner on April 26 that he has “absolutely” considered breaking up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the left-leaning judges have already blocked his two executive orders aimed at halting immigration from terror-ridden nations and defunding sanctuary cities that do not comply with federal law.
“When it comes to fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint strong, principled judges, Trump is knocking it out of the park,” said Carrie Severino, the chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, ahead of the expected announcement.
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