Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham are ignoring the calls to focus on the real needs of this country because they have not “yet felt the urgency of acting immediately.” Instead, they have prioritized Trump and McConnell’s “pre-existing partisan wish-list” to install more unqualified and biased nominees who jeopardize our civil rights and protections.
Smack in the middle of the pandemic, McConnell has forced senators back to Washington to quickly consider his crony JustinWalker for a seat on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit—a seat that does not even become vacant until September.
After most Senate Republicans voted to cover up for a president who was impeached for demanding interference in our elections, Leader McConnell shamelessly picked up right where they left off and turned to filling the courts.
A president who is under the cloud of impeachment for abusing the power of his office and assaulting the legitimacy of our elections cannot be trusted to appoint judges who hold the duty of preserving and protecting our most fundamental rights, including our elections and the right to vote.
In just three years, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have transformed nearly one-fifth of the entire federal judiciary and a quarter of all circuit court judgeships. This is what that meant in 2019—for the courts, and for all of us.
The Senate returns to session this week, following the Thanksgiving break, and one of the first orders of business will be the cloture and final votes on the nominations of Eric Komitee and John Sinatra, who both refused to unequivocally state that the landmark decision in Brown was correctly decided.
“Harming our nation by placing party over country is nothing to congratulate yourself about.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee today will hold a markup, and among the nominees expected to receive votes are controversial nominees Steven Menashi (Second Circuit, New York), Halil Ozerden (Fifth Circuit, Mississippi) and Sarah Pitlyk (Eastern District of Missouri).
With the help of Senate Republicans, Trump is transforming courts across the country by appointing biased judges who will threaten the hard-fought civil and human rights of all Americans. Their agenda is crystal clear: transform the courts as quickly as possible to achieve through them what lawmakers cannot accomplish legislatively to secure long-term influence on the direction of the country.