The 9th Circuit Court in California has become the pride of the Democratic party over the past decade – delivering some of the most liberal rulings throughout the country. Democratic leadership in the Senate is desperate to protect the vacancies from President Trump’s appointees after realizing Senate Republicans have the opportunity to sway the ideology of the 9th Circuit Court.
Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham is leading the fight for Senate confirmation of the President’s three appointees. He will be presiding over the hearings for conservative attorneys Daniel A. Bress, Daniel P. Collins, and Kenneth Kiyul Lee.
“I’m very supportive of the nominees submitted by President Trump to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. These are highly qualified nominees and I am hopeful they will receive wide bipartisan support,” Graham said.
The President has referred to the current judges in the largest circuit in the U.S. as “Obama judges” and commented onTwitter: “It would be great if the 9th circuit was indeed an independent judiciary.”
This circuit struck down two of President Trump’s landmark Executive Orders, calling them both unconstitutional – the infamous Travel Ban and the order to penalize cities claiming to be “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants and refugees by withholding their federal funding.
Republicans have a vested interest in ensuring qualified, impartial judges are approved for these vacancies and bets are on their side. It’s only fair that our courts aren’t stacked with liberal, activist judges against conservative cases before they are even litigated. With President Trump’s appointment power and a GOP-controlled Senate, it’s no surprise Democrats are asking for a bend in the rules.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) both recently announced they believe Senators should have maximum say and veto power when a judicial nominee will be placed on a court in their home state. This “blue-slip” approval is not required to be honored by the Judiciary Committee in order to hold a vote on nominees, but has been considered as a courtesy in the past.
“I’ll continue to work with Democrats to find compromise and common ground,” Graham told McClatchy, “but not a veto.”