Trump begins effort to pack courts with conservatives

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By recently announcing a slate of experienced and highly qualified individuals for appointments to the lower federal courts, President Trump has shown he intends to remake the federal judiciary by appointing judges who respect the rule of law and understand their role under our Constitution's separation of powers.

President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen to sit on the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

They are Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, who will be nominated to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court, nominated to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

"He just ticks all the right boxes in terms of the background you want a. nominee to have", Weber said.

If confirmed, Kevin C. Newsom of Alabama will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Two of these three, Larsen and Stras, were on Trump's List of 21 for the Supreme Court vacancy filled by Gorsuch.

The New York Times first reported a list of 10 appointees to federal courts. The real reason Reid and his caucus did what they did was to pave the way for President Obama to stack federal courts, especially the powerful DC circuit, with liberals.

Heritage Foundation legal analyst Hans von Spakovsky said he is impressed with Mr. Trump's choice of lawyer Damien Schiff of the Pacific Legal Foundation for the little-known U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

As of Monday there was only one judicial nominee pending before the Senate, Amul Thapar, for the federal District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, who is still waiting for the Senate to confirm him to the 6th Circuit Court.

A Democratic majority in the Senate eliminated that chamber's filibuster for nominees to the district and circuit courts in 2013.

President Trump is moving quickly to put his nominees in the federal courts.

On the other hand, progressive groups said they were concerned that the nominees would favor corporate interests and far-right social and economic policies.

Bush authored a Supreme Court brief in a high-profile case about race and public schools. The job requires approval by the Senate. He must not be allowed to fill critical circuit court vacancies with ultra-conservative, right-wing judges in the same vein as his pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. He is awaiting Senate confirmation. "It is disappointing that we will lose Justice Larsen on the Michigan Supreme Court because her legal expertise has been such a great asset". The Senate confirmed only 20 of Obama's judicial nominees during 2015 and 2016, less than a third the number that were confirmed in the last two years of the Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. Peters added that "judicial independence has never been more important for the strength of our democracy", given Trump's recent attacks on federal judges, accusing them of suspending his travel ban and suggesting they risk national security.

They may even attempt to defeat nominees by abusing the "blue slip" privilege granted to the two senators from each nominee's home state.