For years, American court watchers have rolled their eyes when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down one anti-American decision after another. The nation’s Circus Court, as it was known, was packed with amazingly liberal lifetime appointed judges who were bound and determined to rewrite the constitution whether or not they were charged with that task.
That was until President Donald Trump rode into Washington and started making appointments to that particular bench that are finally being approved by the Senate. On Tuesday, the third of President Trump’s picks for the Ninth Circuit passed through the upper chamber of Congress, but not before some Democrat feathers got ruffled.
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Trump’s nominee to be a judge on the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a party-line vote — and, in a historic snub, the White House ignored the input of the judge’s two Democratic home-state senators in the process.
The aggressive and unprecedented move to bypass the traditional “blue slip” consultation process and plow ahead with the confirmation comes as the Trump administration seeks to systematically erode left-wing dominance on the key appellate court, which Trump has called “disgraceful” and politically biased….
The new 9th Circuit judge, Seattle attorney Eric Miller, was confirmed 53-46. Miller was one of the 51 federal judicial nominees left over from the previous Congress whom the White House re-nominated last month.
Judge Miller is a former clerk of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and he replaces a Bill Clinton appointee. His nomination was opposed by both Senators from the State of Washington, Patty Murray, and Maria Cantwell.
“This is wrong. It is a dangerous road for the Senate to go down,” Murray said Tuesday on the Senate floor. “Confirming this 9th Circuit court nominee without the consent or true input of both home-state senators, and after a sham hearing, would be a dangerous first for this Senate.”
Re-making the Ninth Circuit Court appears to be a priority for the Trump Administration. After all, that is where the lawsuits challenging Trump’s presidential authority all seem to be filed.