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  • Trump judicial pick breaks down in tears at hearing over legal group's attack

    10/30/2019 11:00:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 106 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 30, 2019 | Ronn Blitzer
    One of President Trump's nominees for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals broke down in tears during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, as he disputed suggestions that he would not be fair to members of the LGBTQ community. Lawrence VanDyke was the subject of a scathing letter from the American Bar Association, sent to committee leadership Tuesday night, which alleged that people they interviewed expressed this concern, and that VanDyke himself "would not say affirmatively that he would be fair to any litigant before him, notably members of the LGBTQ community." But conservatives have adamantly defended the nominee. And...
  • Senate panel backs Trump court pick Neomi Rao, as holdout Republicans ease objections

    02/28/2019 1:14:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 28, 2019 | Andrew O'Reilly
    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance President Trump's nomineeto replace Brett Kavanaugh on the high-profile D.C. appeals court, with two Republican holdouts backing off their objections and joining colleagues to support Neomi Rao. The committee voted 12-10 along party lines – with GOP Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Joni Ernst of Iowa joining their fellow Republican lawmakers – to endorse Rao for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The seat was vacated when Justice Kavanaugh joined the Supreme Court. Rao, 45, heads the White House Office of Information and...
  • Senate reignites blue slip war over Trump court picks

    02/24/2019 3:55:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2019 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate is set to escalate a long simmering fight over President Trump's judicial nominees. Republicans are poised to confirm a pick for the influential circuit courts next week without the support of either of the nominee's home-state senators—a first for the Trump era. Eric Miller is the first appeals judge to get a vote on the Senate floor this year, and the 31st of Trump’s presidency. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up an initial vote on his Ninth Circuit nomination for Monday evening. “The judicial train is running in the committee and it will soon hit the floor,”...
  • Remember These Names: 12 Democratic Senators Pushing Anti-Christian Bigotry

    02/22/2019 2:41:08 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | FEBRUARY 18, 2019 | TYLER O'NEIL
    In the past two years, Democrat-aligned senators have launched inquisitions into the religious beliefs of President Donald Trump's nominees for judicial and administration positions. This week, the Family Research Council (FRC) released a report naming twelve offenders and documenting the nine times when senators applied an unconstitutional religious test for public office. Three of these senators are likely candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. "The senators asking these questions are more interested in painting the nominees as partial because of their religious convictions, rather than actually pursuing the truth," Alexandra McPhee, Esq., FRC's director of religious freedom advocacy and...
  • Democrats Take Down Another Judicial Nominee Simply Because He’s A Christian

    02/22/2019 2:42:42 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 22 FEB 2019 | Rick Esenberg and Anthony LoCoco
    Religious tests are unacceptable––we should never let people of faith be automatically disqualified from public service due to their closely held beliefs. Dissenting in Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage, Justice Samuel Alito gravely predicted that “those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.” He was right. In Wisconsin, this campaign of religious intolerance has claimed a new casualty...
  • Dems target Trump judicial nominee over his defense of census citizenship question

    02/13/2019 1:41:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2019 | Alex Swoyer
    Senate Democrats signaled Wednesday that their next target among President Trump’s judicial nominees will be Michael Park, saying he’s been tainted by his work on behalf of conservative clients. Mr. Park would be the first Korean American judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — but Democrats said that historic accomplishment isn’t enough to overcome their fears that he would display a conservative judicial philosophy. Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer led the opposition from the chamber floor, saying his work as an attorney involved trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act, roll back affirmative action and defund Planned...
  • Cory Booker schooled by Kavanaugh replacement pick after question on ‘LGBTQ law clerks’

    02/05/2019 1:14:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 5, 2019 | Andrew O'Reilly
    Something about judicial confirmation hearings seems to trip up Sen. Cory Booker -- who got corrected by a high-profile nominee on Tuesday during a heated exchange about diversity on her staff. Booker made headlines last September for cheekily declaring his “I am Spartacus” moment as he moved to release sensitive documents during now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing, only to be told they weren't so sensitive after all. On Tuesday, the New Jersey Democratic senator tried to turn up the heat once again while grilling Neomi Rao, the nominee to replace Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C.,...
  • Knights of Columbus issue a pitch-perfect response to the anti-Catholic bigotry to Senators Hirono..

    01/01/2019 9:18:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 74 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 1, 2019 | Thomas Lifson
    Full title: Knights of Columbus issue a pitch-perfect response to the anti-Catholic bigotry to Senators Hirono and Harris Readers of American Thinker ( here, here, and here) are familiar with the appalling religious test for office that seems to be lurking in the questions submitted in writing to a nominee for a federal judgeship by Senators Hirono and Harris. In sum: In a series of questions sent to Buescher, Hirono asked whether his membership in the Knights of Columbus would prevent him from hearing cases "fairly and impartially" and, if confirmed, whether he would end his membership in the organization....
  • Harris, Hirono accused of anti-Catholic 'bigotry' for targeting Knights of Columbus

    12/30/2018 3:14:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    Democratic senators quiz judicial nominee over membership in men's Catholic charitable groupSenate Democrats are facing renewed charges of anti-Catholic discrimination after quizzing a federal judicial nominee about his membership in the Knights of Columbus. Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono were accused of “religious profiling” after they zeroed in on judicial nominee Brian Buescher’s membership in the 137-year-old fraternal Catholic charitable organization earlier this month in written questions. “The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions,” said Ms. Hirono, Hawaii Democrat, citing the group’s opposition to same-sex marriage. “If confirmed, do you intend to end your...
  • Senator Casey Plays Politics, Rejects PA Judicial Nominee

    06/06/2018 6:51:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | June 6, 2018 | Reagan McCarthy
    Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Jr. once again put his own political interests before that of his constituents. This time, Casey is vehemently opposing a qualified candidate for the Court of Appeals on ideological grounds. David Porter, an attorney from Pittsburgh, was nominated by President Trump to sit on the bench for the 3rd circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Porter has 23 years of experience in law, and currently practices at the Pittsburgh law firm Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney.Historically, Pennsylvania Senators Casey and Toomey have typically stuck together for judicial nominations and have been able to compromise for the...
  • Hobby Lobby lawyer who beat Obamacare wins seat on federal appeals court

    04/24/2018 2:05:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    A lawyer who led the fight against Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, eventually winning the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court, won confirmation by the Senate Tuesday to a federal appeals court. Senators voted 50-47 to confirm Stuart Kyle Duncan to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Only one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, broke with his party to support Mr. Duncan. Other Democrats voiced opposition to Mr. Duncan as an “unfit ideologue” who fought women’s access to reproductive healthcare. They also said his defense of state laws requiring photo-ID to vote,...
  • Judicial Nominee Faces Intense Scrutiny from Dems Over Pro-life Views

    04/11/2018 3:14:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies ^ | April 11, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Trump judicial nominee Wendy Vitter’s personal pro-life views were under intense scrutiny from several Democratic senators at her confirmation hearing Wednesday. Vitter was repeatedly asked about her pro-life beliefs and whether they would interfere with her role as a judge. She was also grilled about statements made in past, pro-life speaking engagements. The main questions from Democratic senators centered around two appearances she made, that were recently cited by the abortion giant Planned Parenthood in an op-ed targeting Vitter prior to the hearing. One appearance was as the moderator of a 2013 Louisiana Right to Life panel where views...
  • Senate confirms Trump’s 13th Circuit Court judge, disregards ‘blue slip’ protest

    01/30/2018 12:34:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate confirmed another one of President Trump’s Circuit Court nominees on Tuesday over “blue slip” protests from Democrats, who said the nominee never should have been given a hearing, let alone a vote. Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras was confirmed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by a 56 to 42 vote, becoming Mr. Trump’s 13th Circuit Court pick to clear the Senate. But Democrats said Justice Stras was only placed on the federal bench after Republicans disregarded the “blue slip” tradition, which allows home state senators to sign off on judges from their home states.
  • Feinstein accuses Grassley of disrespecting female senator over ‘blue slip’ tradition

    01/24/2018 4:32:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 24, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee suggested Wednesday the Republican chairman disrespected a female senator by holding a hearing over her objection to a judicial pick from her home state. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin Democrat, had withheld her “blue slip” on the nomination of Michael Brennan, President Trump’s pick to a seat to a Wisconsin-held seat on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Baldwin said the state’s bipartisan commission for nominating judicial nominees was ignored by the Trump White House. But Chairman Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, held a hearing on Mr. Brennan on Wednesday, suggesting...
  • Trump lawyer moves closer to becoming a circuit judge

    11/09/2017 10:51:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November9, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    The Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve Greg Katsas, one of President Trump’s White House lawyers, for a spot on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., overcoming complaints from Democrats who said they feared putting a Trump ally on the court that hears many big federal law cases. Mr. Katsas now moves to the Senate floor for final confirmation after the 11-9 party-line committee vote. Mr. Katsas served as deputy White House counsel since January, advising the president on his travel ban policy, his voter integrity commission, the challenges to Mr. Trump’s business arrangements under the Constitution’s...
  • Senate confirms Justice Joan Larsen for 6th Circuit

    11/01/2017 11:19:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 1,2017 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate on Wednesday confirmed a second woman this week to a federal appeals court seat and voted to head off a Democratic filibuster of yet a third female. Senators voted 60-38 to confirm Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen for a seat on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, then voted 56-42 to head off a filibuster for Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alison Eid, the president’s pick to fill Justice Neil M. Gorsuch’s old seat on the 10th Circuit.
  • Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to bench; Democrats had questioned her ‘orthodox’ Catholic faith

    10/31/2017 2:44:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate confirmed a Catholic woman Tuesday to sit on an appeals court seat over the opposition of Democrats, sparking complaints from Republicans who said they fear some in the chamber are imposing religious tests that would deny faithful Catholics a chance at judgeships. Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, was cleared on a 55 to 43 vote, with all of the opposition coming from members of the Democratic Caucus. Just three Democrats joined the GOP in backing her nomination to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia,...
  • Judge nominee opposed by Congressional Black Caucus heads toward confirmation

    10/19/2017 10:03:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Thomas Farr moved one step closer to being a U.S. District judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina on Thursday over protests from the Congressional Black Caucus and several progressive groups who say he has worked to defend discriminatory laws. The SenateJudiciary Committee voted down party lines, 11 to 9, to clear Mr. Farr for a confirmation vote with the full Senate. But before the committee’s vote on Thursday, the top ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California voiced opposition to the North Carolina attorney, citing the Congressional Black Caucus’ letter to the committee alleging Mr. Farr has worked...
  • Trump Court Nominee Upheld Rights of Police Against Holder DOJ Misconduct (Engelhardt)

    09/29/2017 9:44:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Sept 29, 2017 | J. Christian Adams
    President Trump has nominated a slate of solid picks for the federal bench, including a new list of nominees this week. Among them is Kurt D. Engelhardt. Trump nominated Engelhardt to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, a district that covers the area from Alabama to the Rio Grande. Engelhardt already serves as a United States District Court judge in New Orleans. Engelhardt will be familiar to PJ Media readers. He is the judge who wrote a scathing 129-page order blistering the misconduct of lawyers at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the local New Orleans U.S. Attorney's...
  • White House hits back at Oregon's senators over appeals court nomination

    09/18/2017 5:37:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | Sept 18, 2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    In the ongoing dispute between the state's two U.S. senators and the Trump administration, the White House counsel accuses the lawmakers of failing to consider the administration's pick for a judicial vacancy on a federal appellate court. The White House last week nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Bounds, a young, politically conservative federal prosecutor, for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, want U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez, a Republican, for the vacancy. Wyden and Merkley have vowed to block Bounds' nomination, saying that he wasn't vetted through their bipartisan judicial...