Law California senator fumes as Trump leapfrogs Dems to place 9th Circuit judges

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  1. glenwo2

    glenwo2 Twisted Glen

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    California senator fumes as Trump leapfrogs Dems to place 9th Circuit judges


    The Senate is poised this week to consider two more conservative nominees selected by President Trump to sit on the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- and the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee isn't happy about it.

    That's because the nominees, Ken Lee and Dan Collins, were picked without any input from either Sen. Dianne Feinstein or Sen. Kamala Harris. Traditionally, the White House seeks to obtain a so-called "blue slip," or approval, from a judicial nominee's two home-state senators before pressing on with their nominations.

    But the Trump administration, which has successfully nominated several conservative judges to the 9th Circuit already, has pointedly disregarded that process as it continues its push to transform the appellate court that the president repeatedly has derided as hopelessly biased and "disgraceful."

    "I take it that without notice or discussion, the blue slip is essentially dead," Feinstein said in televised remarks on Thursday. "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.”

    In January, Feinstein and Harris lashed out at the White House with a similar statement: “We are deeply disappointed that the White House has chosen to re-nominate Daniel Collins and Kenneth Lee to the 9th Circuit. We made clear our opposition to these individuals and told the White House we wanted to work together to come to consensus on a new package of nominees.”

    With a sprawling purview representing nine Western states, the 9th Circuit has long been a thorn in the side of the Trump White House, with rulings against his travel ban policy and limits on funding to "sanctuary cities."

    Just weeks ago, the 9th Circuit broke ranks with another federal appellate court and ruled that a Sri Lankan man who failed his initial asylum screening had the constitutional right to go before a judge -- threatening to clog the immigration court system further with tens of thousands of similar claims per year and setting up an all-but-certain Supreme Court showdown.

    However, the court's left-wing reputation might be changing, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Republicans have continued to use the GOP majority to confirm judge after judge appointed by the president.

    Among Trump's other recent successful picks to the 9th Circuit: Ryan Nelson, a former staffer to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions; former Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennett; and Magistrate Judge Bridget Bade.

    Following Miller's confirmation month, in an analysis titled "Thanks to Trump, the liberal 9th Circuit is no longer liberal," The Washington Post noted that once all of Trump's current nominees to the bench are confirmed as expected, there will be 12 Republican-appointed judges on the 9th Circuit, which consists of 29 full-time judges.



    >>> Like Obama once said, Nancy :



    "Elections have consequences." [​IMG]

    (and <Lmaoo> @ the "willing to work from the start with this President" comment as well. That's a good one, Nancy. You should do Stand-Up. <{Heymansnicker}> )
     
  2. Mcountry

    Mcountry Green Belt

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    Anything that could remotely piss off K Harris is a win in my books.

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  3. Stoic1

    Stoic1 Patriot

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    LOL.

    I dont really like Trump but when he does this kind of shit he has my support.
     
  4. Dirt Road Soldier

    Dirt Road Soldier Salt the flesh! Fuck the wound!

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    It's kinda scummy to ignore 100 years of tradition, to be sure.

    But I also doubt they would blue slip any nominee Trump put up that wasnt 100% left, so what's the point? Trump would never nominate anyone they actually approved of so skipping it is just saving time.

    End result is a wash for me. The only way Trump can put people in those seats is to either skip tradition or bow down to two people that openly want to remove him from office.
     
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    It probably should be the other way around. You can support his politics, but when he tears down democratic traditions and rules of interest alignment for consensus seeking, you should criticize him.
     
  6. Stoic1

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    You just following me around now?

    So cute.

    DM me, cutie~
     
  7. Seano

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    Someone has needed to bring balance to the 9th circuit for a long time now. This is one of the best things Trump has been doing in his presidency.
     
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    Also, lol at Dems acting hurt because Trump won't play ball with them.
     
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  9. Liquid Smoke

    Liquid Smoke Great artists steal™

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    A lot of people around here won't get this, but you don't have to agree with everything Trump says to appreciate watching him stick it to a bunch of pricks who really deserve it.

    He's under no obligation to seek their input and in my opinion, he shouldn't.
     
  10. PainIsLIfe

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    I'm sure that by "come to consensus" they actually meant judges that favor abortion and gun control.
     
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    Well someone didn't read the whole original post!

    ""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.”"

    Dianne Feinstein made it quite clear she was willing to work with Trump from the start. There's some egg on your face.
     
  12. bobgeese

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    Well, if we leave it up to Cali, we’ll have illegals on the bench eventually.

    So, fuck’em.
     
  13. Fluffernutter

    Fluffernutter Red Belt

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    President nominates judges.
    Senate approves or disapproves.

    Move along.
     
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    oldshadow Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Like they would blue slip anyone Trump put up.
     
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  15. glenwo2

    glenwo2 Twisted Glen

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    I respect that.

    You don't need to like the person himself, just acknowledge (and appreciate) the job he's doing in the position he's in. :)
     
  16. Vitor CroCop

    Vitor CroCop Right Wing Liberal Banned

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    Blue slip sounds like cuckery
     
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  17. glenwo2

    glenwo2 Twisted Glen

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    I think the egg is on YOUR face if you believe her. <Dany07><Dany07><Dany07>
     
  18. Madmick

    Madmick Cerebrage Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    After what they tried to pull with Kavanaugh and Gorsuch that really is rich.

    I wish they were all work together more. This is toxic. But it's the fault of Republicans (including Trump) and Democrats (including Feinstein) alike.
     
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  19. glenwo2

    glenwo2 Twisted Glen

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    I agree that they should all work together more but while the Republicans are no saints, the Democrats are the ones who have gone off the deep end here with their "La Resistance"(said in Chuck Grassley's old-man voice) bullshit against Trump and anything he does.
     
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    Madmick Cerebrage Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    No, the Republicans were belligerent, obstructionist children throughout Obama's tenure. They are no better.

    They are equally fucktarded.
     

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