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While you were focused on COMEY, Trump nominated another group of CONSERVATIVE Judges

While you were focused on COMEY, Trump nominated another group of CONSERVATIVE Judges

“Liberal groups expressed dismay”

It’s understandable why everyone is focused on The Greatest Show on Earth, the appearance of James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

But barring some surprise testimony not in Comey’s prepared statement, the hearing will merely confirm “bad” news for Trump already leaked to the press – none of which rises to the level of criminality. And there are some good aspects of the testimony, including that Trump was not personally under investigation and never asserted any type of interference in the Russia probe.

While everyone was focused on Comey’s prepared statement, Trump went about his business filling vacancies in the federal judiciary.

I wrote about this a month ago, Trump begins counter-packing federal courts, Dems can’t stop him thanks to Reid Rule:

As we have pointed out repeatedly, Trump has an unprecedented opportunity to nominate a substantial percentage of the federal judiciary.

There are currently over 100 vacancies, and many more are likely to open up, Liberal nightmare: Trump could appoint half federal judiciary. Yet Democrats, so blinded by the light of #TheResistance, appeared oblivious to the approaching Tsunami of Trump lower court nominations.

Today the first waves of the Trump judicial nomination tsunami hit the beaches in D.C.

Those ten nominees received mostly rave reviews, as detailed in that prior post.

The second wave of conservative nominees landed on Wednesday, as The Washington Times reports:

President Trump announced a new round of 11 judicial nominations Wednesday, including three nominees for high-profile federal appeals courts.

One of the nominees, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison H. Eid, is being tapped by the president to fill a vacancy on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals created when Justice Neil M. Gorsuch was confirmed for the Supreme Court in April.

Judge Eid was on Mr. Trump’s list of conservative potential Supreme Court nominees that he presented to voters during the presidential campaign last year. She has served on Colorado’s high court since 2006, and previously was the state’s solicitor general.

“These nominations follow the successful nomination and confirmation of associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court, the successful nomination and confirmation of Judge Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky to serve as a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the nomination of numerous candidates to other judgeships,” the White House said in a statement.

Mr. Trump also nominated U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Erickson of North Dakota to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and said he intends to nominate University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Stephanos Bibas to serve on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Erickson has served on the district court since 2003.

The White House called Mr. Bibas, director of the university’s Supreme Court Clinic, “one of the nation”s leading experts in criminal law and procedure.” He has argued six cases before the Supreme Court, taught at the University of Chicago Law School and served from 1998 to 2000 as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

At least two of the nominees, Judge Eid and Mr. Bibas, are listed as legal “experts” by the conservative Federalist Society, which has advised Mr. Trump on judicial nominations. Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, called the latest wave of nominees “a fantastic list.”

Conservative law professor Jonathan Adler was practically dancing in the aisles (assuming he was someplace with aisles when he wrote this), President Trump continues to make sterling judicial nominations:

Today, the Trump administration announced another slate of incredibly strong judicial nominees, including three nominees for federal appellate courts….

Although one might not have expected this, the Trump administration appears to have a soft spot for academics. Five of the nine circuit court nominees announced thus far are current or former law professors (Eid, Bibas, Joan Larsen, David Stras and Amy Coney Barrett). Much like the Reagan administration, this administration appears to believe that appointing academics is one way to maximize its influence on the federal judiciary. President Ronald Reagan placed quite a few prominent legal academics on the bench, including Antonin Scalia, Frank Easterbrook, Douglas Ginsburg and Stephen Williams, and these nominations certainly had an outsize influence on the courts.

In perhaps the best indication that Trump is keeping his promises as to judicial nominees, The NY Times reports that liberal groups are dismayed:

Liberal groups expressed dismay.

“Trump’s nominees thus far have had troubling records that have raised real concerns about their ability to act independently of the executive branch,” said Nan Aron, the president of the Alliance for Justice. “Like the previous nominees, this new slate has the burden to show that they are qualified to lifetime appointments to the federal bench.”

Now Mitch McConnell and the Senate Judiciary Committee need to do their job and get these people quick hearings and up or down votes.


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When does this guy ever sleep?
Trump is working harder than any President I have ever seen.
This is great.

    john boehner was a hard worker too – in the direction.

    Let’s not take Trump’s brilliance and guts for granted.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to snowshooze. | June 8, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I think I recall Trump stating he only needs about 4 hours sleep a night….

    Isn’t it great how all the “Regressives,” Leftists, and Democrat Party people are so distracting themselves with irrelevant stuff, that Trump can easily do hundreds of beneficial things. And it never even shows up on our enemies’ radar.

Nevertrumpers and progs hardest hit.

rabid wombat | June 7, 2017 at 10:14 pm

Though holding my nose, the first of two reasons why I voted for him:

Judges (has not let me down)

Not Hillary (really ugly surgery)

Anything else is gravy


    I can’t imagine why you were holding your nose.
    Unless you were a dis-affected Hillary voter.

      kenoshamarge in reply to snowshooze. | June 8, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Not everyone was or is a Trump fan. Those of us that were not are doing what rational people do, accepting the good and applauding that.

      Not liking Trump is not an automatic liking of the despicable Hillary critter.

      Now I hope for the best and wish him the best. He’s POTUS and we should all want what’s best for our country not what’s best for our party or our particular choice in elections.

Winning !!!

Now about breaking up the 9th? When is that going to happen ???

    rdmdawg in reply to gonzotx. | June 8, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I’d love to see Judicial Impeachments start up againt. Mention Judicial Impeachment to any modern politician and they’ll grin and chuckle at you and explain that they just don’t do that anymore.

    Maybe it’s time to rethink that. Judicial Impeachments is a powerful restraint on judicial overreach.

    MattMusson in reply to gonzotx. | June 8, 2017 at 9:06 am

    August Recess is coming up. Look for Trump to show his fortitude and go with a slate of Recess Appointees.

    Remember, Ike put 3 justices on the SCOTUS through recess appointment.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to MattMusson. | June 8, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Think he’ll start Judicial Impeachments against them as RDMDAWG says upthread?

      Agreed with the people stating the Regressives and Leftists are probably going to regret their “stunts” over the travel bans.

      Just think….now Trump knows more of the judges that are Anti-American Traitors!

Was thinking that Trump’s initial run in with liberal judges over his travel moratorium might have seemed fun at the time for our lefty friends, but the experience will probably inform Trump’s views on the judiciary for his entire 8 year presidency. He might wind up being one of the best and most reliable presidents on judicial nominations in our nation’s history.

The whole point of the COMEY show is to distract the public from the fact that nobody in Congress is doing their job. At least Trump is doing his job.

Our Donald – How we love him. I want him to pack the courts from coast to coast.. hundred of them… all conservative, nationalist, xenophobic, anti immigration…. hell, I want Nazis.

We need an extreme realignment… and what ever the man does.. we cheer in our household.

We are disciples… To another 7 years.. then a family dynasty.

    rdmdawg in reply to gustafus21. | June 8, 2017 at 3:19 am

    “Our Donald – How we love him. I want him to pack the courts from coast to coast.. hundred of them… all conservative, nationalist, xenophobic, anti immigration…. hell, I want Nazis.”

    I hear ya and mostly agree but I’d settle for a fanatical devotion to the Constitution of the U.S.

      snopercod in reply to rdmdawg. | June 8, 2017 at 6:59 am

      That was a good comment except for the Nazi part. The National Socialists were emotionalists and irrationalists, which is more like what we have now. That’s what we’re trying to fix.

    Casey in reply to gustafus21. | June 8, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    You want Nazis!!? Please, Lord, tell me that’s just hyperbole. Even rabid “far right” conservatives are nothing like Nazis.

    As for a dynasty: not just no but HELL TO THE DAMN NO!!!! Don’t want any Clintons, no more Bushes, and sure as Hell no more Trumps. Republican (the political form, not the party) citizens do not vote for dynasties. Ever.

Conservation of principles. Positive progress.

Although one might not have expected this


The liberals haven’t yet figured out what hit them in the last election.

Neither have far too many of the conservative punditocracy.

America’s entire political establishment—from our parasitic professional politicians to our somnolent bureaucrats to our pundits and reporters and all the way down to the voters—is sclerotic. Pure petrification of imagination from sea to shining sea.

Those who still haven’t a clue what Trump is about are probably too dense to ever figure it out.

    gracepc in reply to tom swift. | June 8, 2017 at 3:19 am

    I was surprised to see this at WAPO. But, begrudgingly I read on until I read “Although one might not have expected this”, and I was out of there pronto.

    Haven’t been to WAPO in ages. They have become unreadable.

    Yea Trump. Keep your eye on the ball. Excellent.

    mailman in reply to tom swift. | June 8, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Why didn’t they expect this? I think this speaks more to their political bias (Democrats = intelligence while Republicans = neanderthals!!!).

Considering that Trump is fighting the entire Democratic Party that refuses to cooperate on anything substantial, select members of the Republican Party, almost the entirety of the Press corps, and the intelligence agencies as well as a special prosecutor, Trump is accomplishing an amazing amount of progress. Think of what he could do if more would work with him instead of against him.

Prof Jacobson should be on that list. He would be a fine judge.

“Trump’s nominees thus far have had troubling records that have raised real concerns about their ability to act independently of the executive branch,” said Nan Aron, the president of the Alliance for Justice.

I think this statement was first written in 1981. They just dust it off and update the President’s name whenever there are any judicial appointments.

“Who needs Pavlov when you have leftists?”
(Steven Hayward,

This can not possibly be true. You mean hehasn’t nominated his sister yet?

Weren’t we all assured by Rags and the Never Trumper that this would NEVER happen.