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  • McConnell reaches milestone on judges by filling final Circuit Court vacancy

    06/24/2020 3:21:48 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 20 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | June 24, 2020 | Leigh Ann Caldwell and Sahil Kapur
    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday reached a significant milestone during the Trump presidency by filling the final vacancy on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, an achievement that fulfills his goal of remaking the federal judiciary as more conservative for a generation but also one that is less diverse. McConnell, who has vowed to “leave no vacancy behind,” heralded the achievement on the Senate floor Wednesday, noting that there hasn’t been a fully appointed Circuit Court in decades. “When we depart this chamber today, there will not be a single Circuit Court vacancy anywhere in the...
  • Judicial machine chugs along in Senate amid coronavirus pandemic

    05/26/2020 5:01:30 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 26, 2020 | MELISSA QUINN, GRACE SEGERS
    Washington — While the coronavirus crisis has brought most congressional action to glacial creep, the Senate machine churning out President Trump's judicial nominations is still humming. Since February 11, the Senate has confirmed nine federal judges, bringing the total number of judges on the federal bench appointed by President Trump to 196. Last week, the Senate voted to confirm three nominees to district courts and teed up votes on two more for after Memorial Day. The Senate Judiciary, meanwhile, has proceeded with the nominations of Cory Wilson to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justin Walker, tapped for...
  • Cocaine Mitch Vows to 'Leave No Vacancy Behind' in the Courts in 2020

    02/12/2020 8:22:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/12/2020 | Matt Margolis
    While most of us are focused on the presidential election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focused on filling judicial vacancies. McConnell appeared on Hugh Hewitt's radio show on Tuesday, and the first thing they discussed was judicial vacancies. "I’ve got the classic question: What have you done for me lately?" Hewitt asked, before answering himself. "You’ve actually saved the Constitution with 50 Appeals Court judges, two Supreme Court justices, 133 district court judges." Both acknowledged that despite the impressive record of getting judges confirmed, there's still a lot of work to be done. "I know that there are a...
  • McConnell tees up five Trump judges after impeachment trial wraps

    02/05/2020 6:25:16 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 05 2020 | Jordain Carney
    With the weeks-long impeachment trial ending Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is wasting no time turning the chamber's focus back to his self-professed top priority: confirming judicial nominations. McConnell teed up five judicial nominations for votes on the Senate floor as the chamber wrapped up its work for the week. The Senate is expected to take its first procedural vote on the slate Monday evening, when Republicans will need a simple majority to end the debate on Andrew Brasher's nomination to be a judge on the Eleventh Circuit. Once Brasher is confirmed, the Senate will turn to the...
  • Leader McConnell Secures The Acquittal, Then Turns To Fire A Full Spread Of Judicial Torpedoes

    02/05/2020 3:21:27 PM PST · by kiryandil · 65 replies
    The Senate Cloakroom - Republican side of the Senate ^ | February 5, 2020 | Senate Cloakroom twitter
    Vote Scheduled: At 5:30 pm on Monday, February 10th, the Senate will proceed to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #562 Andrew Lynn Brasher to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit. Leader McConnell has filed cloture on Executive Calendar #535 Philip M. Halpern to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York Leader McConnell has filed cloture on Executive Calendar #461 John Fitzgerald Kness to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois Leader McConnell has filed cloture on Executive Calendar #565 Matthew Thomas Schelp to be U.S....
  • McConnell Says GOP Doesn’t Have Votes to Block Impeachment Witnesses

    01/28/2020 3:21:11 PM PST · by lodi90 · 280 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/28/2020 | Rebecca Ballhaus
    Breaking News: *McConnell Says GOP Leaders Don’t Currently Have Enough Votes to Block Impeachment Witnesses *McConnell Made Remarks in Private Senate GOP Meeting (Article below will update) WASHINGTON—President Trump’s lawyers tried to cast doubts on the importance and credibility of allegations by former national security adviser John Bolton about the president’s motives for freezing aid to Ukraine, as they concluded their efforts to counter Democrats’ charges that Mr. Trump abused power and obstructed Congress.
  • Mitch McConnell is the master of the Senate

    01/23/2020 5:33:46 PM PST · by conservative98 · 55 replies
    Clinton Herald ^ | 1/23/20 3 hrs ago | Rich Lowry
    Every hostile nickname that Mitch McConnell gets is further confirmation of his effectiveness. The latest is “Midnight Mitch,” a reaction to his resolution setting out the road map for the Senate impeachment trial. The measure stipulated that House impeachment managers could make their case over two days of 12-hour sessions, possibly pushing the presentations into the wee hours. Hence, the latest alliterative moniker for McConnell, also known to his enemies as “Moscow Mitch.” McConnell relented slightly on the resolution, giving the managers – and the president’s team – three days, instead of two, for opening arguments. But he still got...
  • McConnell crows on Senate floor that Pelosi's impeachment 'gambit' produced 'absolutely nothing'

    01/13/2020 2:37:24 PM PST · by kiryandil · 41 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 13, 2020 | Andrew O'Reilly
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Monday tore into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., just days after the speaker backed down from her refusal to send the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, calling Pelosi’s delay a “strange gambit” that “produced absolutely nothing.” During a speech on the Senate floor, McConnell chastised Pelosi for ending what he called “her one-woman blockade” and questioned her strategy for holding off sending the articles to the Senate. The House in December voted to impeach Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for matters relating to...
  • Mitch McConnell: Pelosi ‘Too Afraid’ to Send Impeachment Articles to Senate

    12/19/2019 7:59:53 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 158 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/19/2019 | BREITBART NEWS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Republican is denouncing the “unfair” House impeachment of President Donald Trump and reassuring Trump and his supporters that “moments like this are why the United States Senate exists.” Sen. Mitch McConnell, in remarks prepared for a Thursday floor speech, accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being afraid to send “their shoddy work product to the Senate” after she threw uncertainty into the impeachment process by refusing to say when she would send two impeachment articles to the Senate for a trial.
  • 3 GOP Senators Want Interviews With Obama Officials Over Hunter Biden and Ukraine

    12/19/2019 11:53:48 AM PST · by powermill · 17 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | three hours ago | Jack Phillips and Ivan Pentchoukov
    Former Obama administration officials are being asked to give interviews to three top Republican Senators about whether they can shed light on allegations surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden and Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company that employed him as a board member. In a statement on Wednesday, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said they are seeking officials who had worked in former President Barack Obama’s State Department and in Biden’s office. They are former Under Secretary...
  • Mitch McConnell threatens to CANCEL Donald Trump's Senate trial if 'scared' Nancy Pelosi does not hand over 'slapdash' articles of impeachment - as Speaker slams him as a 'ROGUE leader' and president gloats he will be cleared by 'default'

    12/19/2019 9:57:05 AM PST · by Mariner · 178 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 19th, 2019 | By David Martosko
    Mitch McConnell on Thursday threatened to cancel Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate if 'scared' Nancy Pelosi doesn't send over the formal articles of impeachment against the president. The speaker and the Senate Republican leader went to war over the next steps in the impeachment process as Pelosi slammed McConnell as a 'rogue leader' - and he blasted her articles as 'slapdash' and 'unfair.' The dispute exploded into the open the morning after Democrats voted to impeach Trump, with the president bragging he was going to win the whole thing by 'default.' 'If the Do Nothing Democrats decide, in...
  • Mark Levin: Nancy Pelosi's Latest Impeachment Stunt Is Brazenly Unconstitutional

    12/19/2019 10:43:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2019 | Katie Pavlich
    Conservative radio host and constitutional scholar Mark Levin is slamming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she threatened to withhold two articles of impeachment against President Trump from the Senate Wednesday night. "Nancy Pelosi was apparently advised by leftwing Harvard law professor Lawrence Tribe to delay sending the impeachment to the Senate. So she’s unilaterally sitting on the impeachment. This is another brazen unconstitutional act," Levin wrote Thursday morning on his Facebook page. "Here’s what Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans must do in response: The Senate has the sole power under the Constitution to adjudicate an impeachment. Therefore, Pelosi is...
  • McConnell rips Pelosi for impeachment delay, says Dems ‘afraid’ to transmit ‘shoddy’ articles

    12/19/2019 8:18:17 AM PST · by libstripper · 178 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 19, 2019 | Adam Shaw
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set the stage Thursday for a potentially bruising fight between the leadership of the two chambers over impeachment, as he tore into Nancy Pelosi for “shoddy work” and said Democrats may be “too afraid” to send the articles to the Senate after the House speaker abruptly held off on transmitting them. “This particular House of Representatives has let its partisan rage at this particular president create a toxic new precedent that will echo well into the future,” McConnell said on the floor, accusing Democrats of giving in to "temptation" with their impeachment vote while challenging...
  • McConell: At 9:30am tomorrow morning, on the Senate floor

    12/18/2019 7:55:14 PM PST · by conservative98 · 106 replies
    Leader McConnell on Twitter ^ | 12/18/19 | Leader McConnell
    At 9:30am tomorrow morning, on the Senate floor, I will speak about House Democrats’ precedent-breaking impeachment of the President of the United States.— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 19, 2019
  • Trump tightens grips on judges as McConnell wins 50th Circuit pick

    12/12/2019 3:10:42 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 12/12/19 | Burgess Everett
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump clinched their 50th circuit court judge in just three years on Wednesday, only five short of President Barack Obama’s record over an eight-year period. And McConnell isn’t done yet. Now that he’s filled virtually every vacancy in the powerful appellate court system, the Senate majority leader will try and cram through 18 lower-level lifetime judges next week, some of them supported by Democrats. “Whatever’s on the calendar, I’m going to make every effort I can to clear them all,” McConnell said in an interview. “We’ve already… finished up the circuits. So...
  • McConnell: I’d ‘Be Totally Surprised’ if Trump Is Removed

    12/11/2019 5:59:56 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/10/2019 | Ian Hanchett
    During a press conference on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he “would be totally surprised” if 67 members of the Senate voted to remove President Trump. McConnell stated, “I said I would be totally surprised if there were 67 senators to remove the president. That remains my view. However, we are obligated under the Constitution to turn to it when it comes over. And we will.”
  • Trump: Bring On The Senate Trial!

    11/22/2019 8:11:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/22/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    Briar patch or pent-up frustration over being sidelined? In an interview with Fox & Friends earlier today, Donald Trump told the panel that he welcomed a Senate trial — if Democrats dare to impeach him. Trump says he would like nothing better than to turn the tables on “shifty Schiff” and call all the witnesses the House Intelligence chair blocked when requested by Republicans (via Colby Hall at Mediaite): President Trump just said this on @foxandfriends in a phone interview this morning:"I want a trial."The hosts tried to ask him a follow-up question about that, but he didn't stop...
  • WATCH: Trump Tells Fox & Friends ‘I Want a Trial’

    11/22/2019 6:11:55 AM PST · by conservative98 · 36 replies
    M ^ | Nov 22nd, 2019, 8:40 am | Colby Hall
    In a lengthy interview with Fox & Friends Friday morning, the first since impeachment inquiry hearings appear to have wrapped up, President Donald Trump proclaimed “I want a trial,” in the matter of Trump’s alleged plot to seek domestic political help from a foreign entity.
  • Trump judicial nominee in jeopardy after GOP revolt

    11/20/2019 3:36:37 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 34 replies
    Washingtontimes.com ^ | 11/12/19 | Matthew Daly
    President Donald Trump’s nominee for a federal appeals court is in jeopardy following a conservative revolt from two Republican senators who have said publicly they won’t support him. Trump nominated federal judge Halil “Sul” Ozerden of Mississippi to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June. The New Orleans-based court handles cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The Senate Judiciary Committee says it removed Ozerden from a planned vote Thursday at the request of the White House. A White House spokesman declined to comment.
  • Don't look now - Trump and McConnell are about to 'flip' another Circuit Court of Appeals.

    11/18/2019 6:54:25 AM PST · by Reagan80 · 16 replies
    U.S. Senate website ^ | 11/18/2019 | senate.gov
    The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (Alabama, Florida and Georgia) currently has 12 active judges after the appointment of 3 already this term by President Trump; the Circuit is now tied 6 - 6 with R and D appointees; with 3 more vacancies to fill; each of which has a current nominee awaiting vetting and a vote. The tie-breaking 13th judge will be under active consideration for a cloture vote this afternoon on the Senate floor with likely confirmation tomorrow; making in 7R to 6D. Once the additional two vacancies are filled; an enduring 9R to 6D majority will be...