It took two and a half years, but our nation recently reached a benchmark of fewer judicial vacancies than existed on Inauguration Day. President Trump and Leader McConnell are to be commended for turning the tide against unprecedented Democrat obstruction. With the President’s latest announcement last week of new judicial nominations, the administration has designated nominees for all eight current vacancies on the U.S. courts of appeals. Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing for two circuit court nominees—Danielle Hunsaker for the Ninth Circuit and William Nardini for the Second Circuit—along with three district court nominees.
Two additional circuit court nominees, Halil Ozerden for the Fifth Circuit and Steven Menashi for the Second Circuit, are among 11 judicial nominees on the agenda for the Committee’s markup this Thursday. Since Ozerden was held over during its markup last week, the Committee shall vote Thursday on whether to report his nomination to the full Senate. (Senators typically exercise their prerogative under Committee rules to hold over nominees the first time they appear on the agenda.)
Counting those nominations that have recently been announced without yet being formally submitted to the Senate, here is a full update on the status of President Trump’s federal judicial nominations …
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