President Donald Trump snubbed California Democrats with a big move and he’s unveiling plans to dramatically reshape the liberal U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals.
As reported by Fox News, the Senate is set to consider two more conservative judges nominated by Trump to sit on the left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
With it being highly likely Trump will get two more judges on the liberal federal court, Sen. Diane Feinstein is not happy about it.
Democrats are mad because the nominees — Ken Lee and Dan Collins — were picked without any input from either Feinstein or Sen. Kamala Harris, California’s two Democrat senators.
In previous administrations, the White House seeks a”blue slip,” otherwise known as an approval letter, from a judicial nominee’s two home-state senators before advancing their nomination.
But the Trump administration, which has successfully nominated several conservative judges to the 9th Circuit already, didn’t reach out to Feinstein or Harris for the “blue slip.”
“I take it that without notice or discussion, the blue slip is essentially dead,” Feinstein said.
“This change in practice not only harms the Senate, it harms the federal judiciary. And I wish we could’ve had an opportunity to discuss it. I really believe it’s a mistake,” she added.
Here’s more from Fox News:
Feinstein, whose handling of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process still rankles conservatives, went on: “Before President Trump took office, the blue slip had been a Senate practice for nearly one century. And during the past 100 years, before this presidency, the Senate confirmed only five judges with only one blue slip, and the last one was in 1989 – and in 100 years the Senate had never confirmed a judge without two blue slips.”
But “since President Trump took office,” Feinstein charged, “Republicans have held hearings for 12 circuit court nominees and voted to confirm seven – seven – over the objection of home-state Democrats.”
Among those nominees was Seattle attorney Eric Miller, who was confirmed to the 9th Circuit in February by a vote of 53-46. Progressives fiercely attacked Miller as a corporate lawyer and Federalist Society member whose career supposedly had been hostile to Native American rights.
Feinstein continued: “There is no justification for disregarding Democratic blue slips. Democratic senators have made and continue to make good faith efforts to find consensus picks for the circuit courts.
“As Senator Harris and I have made clear, we’ve been willing to work from the start with this president to choose consensus, mainstream nominees to the 9th Circuit,” Feinstein added. “One of the things I’ve learned is: what goes around, comes around. I had hoped that we would be able to work in a very cooperative way.”
Democrats are mad because the Trump administration is advancing the conservative nominee to the liberal court.
They are also upset because they know Trump is reshaping the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and it would have a big effect for decades to come on major issues.