President Trump may go down in history as the most judicially influential president in modern American history. His impact on the US judicial system is nearly unprecedented and the number of judges he is adding to the federal court system is only increasing.
Trump’s judicial influence is continuing into his third year in the White House as his administration just announced the nomination of 51 federal judges to circuit and appellate courts.
Here’s more on the judicial nominations, from Fox News:
Nine of the 51 appointments are for spots on prestigious and influential federal appellate benches, including two on the mostly liberal San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which President Trump has often derided as “disgraceful” and politically biased.
Neomi Rao, the president’s “regulatory czar,” who would take now-Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s vacated seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, is on the list. Case Western University School of Law professor and Washington Post commentator Jonathan H. Adler wrote when Rao first joined the administration that “Trump’s selection of Rao suggests the administration is serious about regulatory reform, not merely reducing high-profile regulatory burdens.”
Also on the roll was Brian Buescher, for a seat as United States district judge for the District of Nebraska. In December, Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, raised concerns about the Omaha-based lawyer’s membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic service organization — prompting legal commentators to suggest the Democrats were engaging in religious discrimination.
According to the report, Buescher explained his participation with the Catholic group does not necessitate how he would vote on certain matters. Furthermore, he said the official position of the Knights of Columbus does not represent that of the individual members.