President Trump is doing one of the KEY things many people voted for him to do: reshape the judiciary to remove activist, bias judges and replace them with experts who would follow the rule of law.
Liberals are going nuts. They’re furious. All because President Donald Trump is doing exactly what he said he’d do during his campaign and is reshaping the judiciary in the United States.
Courthouse News reported on the 17 nominations that have advanced, especially in highly leftist states like California and New York:
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced the nominations of 17 of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, including a Ninth Circuit pick who faced questions about his ties to California.
Daniel Bress received approval from the committee with a 12-10 vote, over the objections of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, both California Democrats, who said Bress does not have close enough ties to California to occupy one of the state’s seats on the Ninth Circuit. [Harris didn’t even bother to question him.]
“It’s not a debate about whether his views are within the legal mainstream or what his opinions are on various issues,” Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said Thursday. “This is a factual discussion about whether he is a California attorney and the facts are clear he is not.”
Specific seats on the federal appeals courts are generally reserved for specific states within the circuit, but the practice is a tradition and not a legal requirement.
Bress was born in Hollister, California, but attended Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law. He spent a year as an associate at the San Francisco firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, before joining Kirkland & Ellis in Washington.
Overall, Bress said he has handled roughly 30 arguments in the state’s courts and has been part of other court proceedings in California as well. He said he has spent more than two months in California over the past year.
“I regularly travel to California for work and family-related reasons and spend extended periods of time there in the winter and summer with my family,” Bress said in response to questions submitted in writing after his nomination hearing.
Republicans defended Bress’ nomination, saying there are other examples of judges with records similar to Bress’ taking seats on federal appeals courts. Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, specifically pointed to Justice Neil Gorsuch, who spent a career in Washington before taking a Colorado seat on the 10th Circuit.
“I am convinced, and I’m sorry Senator Feinstein is not, that this is well within the mainstream of what we’ve done with circuit judges in the past,” Graham said Thursday.
The committee spent Thursday advancing Trump’s nominees to seats on courts in blue states, including seven nominees to federal courts in New York, three to seats on courts in Illinois and one each to seats on courts in Maryland and Rhode Island.
President Trump picked all of the nominees in these states last Congress and they all advanced through the committee last year.
The committee also advanced the nominations of Jason Pulliam, up for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Stephanie Davis, nominated to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Michigan, and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia nominee Frank Volk.
In addition, the committee advanced the nomination of David Tapp, who is up for a seat on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
All of the nominees now await confirmation votes before the full Senate.
Civil Rights.org claims that Bress is ‘dangerous,’ provoking joy in the hearts of conservatives who are desperate to retain their constitutional rights:
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WASHINGTON – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy and government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to advance the nomination of Daniel Bress (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit).
“Bress, a young conservative ideologue, is the third nominee to the Ninth Circuit to advance over the objection of both Ranking Member Feinstein and Senator Harris this year alone. This unravelling of a long-established process is part of Trump’s efforts to reshape the courts and, in particular, to remake the Ninth Circuit, which has correctly ruled against his extreme and dangerous policies on several occasions. Chairman Graham’s decision to force this nomination through in spite of the objections of both home-state senators is the latest example of the breakdown of precedents and traditions that historically protected our courts through senators’ advice and consent. Despite lacking California ties, Bress was advanced by Senate Republicans, which ends yet another Senate norm. The full Senate must reject this troubling nomination.”