Ten judges and other law professionals were nominated on Monday to take key judicial posts as President Donald Trump moves to install more conservatives on the nation’s federal courts.
Many of the conservative candidates were previously featured on Trump’s list of 21 possible picks for Supreme Court justice, said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, noting that nominees would require Senate confirmation.
Here’s a list of those nominated:
- John K. Bush of Kentucky and Joan Larsen of Michigan for the bench of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
- David Stras of Minnesota will be nominated for the 8th Circuit.
- Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana will be nominated to serve on the 7th Circuit.
- Kevin Newsom of Alabama will be nominated as a circuit judge on the 11th Circuit.
- David Nye of Idaho
- Scott L. Palk of Oklahoma
- Damien M. Schiff of California
- Dabney L. Friedrich of Washington, D.C., is being nominated for a federal position.
- Terry F. Moorer of Alabama is also nominated to take a federal seat.
Trump has been experiencing extreme pushback from liberal-leaning judges who blocked his proposed travel ban and his order to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities.”
“With this first slate of lower court nominees, it seems that the President is intent on continuing to outsource the judicial selection process to hard right, special interest groups rather than consulting with Senators on a bipartisan basis,” commented Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “The president should work with members of both parties to pick judges from within the judicial mainstream, who will interpret the law rather than make it.”
Four lawyers who once served as Supreme Court law clerks are among the nominees, including Stras; who worked for Justice Clarence Thomas, and Newsom; who served under Justice David Souter. Larsen and Coney Barrett worked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) May 9, 2017
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