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For the first time in 40 years, the Circuit Court has zero vacancies.
This is an accomplishment of historic proportions for President Donald Trump.
Judge Corey Wilson was confirmed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by the Senate with a vote of 52 to 48.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the historic announcement on Wednesday.
Judge Wilson is President Trump’s 200th Article III judicial appointment and 53rd federal circuit judge, filling 25 percent of the federal judiciary after previously shattering the all-time-record pace for appointments to the critically important federal courts of appeals — the last stop for more than 99 percent of all federal appeals.
To put this in perspective, President Obama appointed 55 circuit judges in 8 years; President Trump has appointed 53 in under 4. In doing this, President Trump has filled every federal circuit-court vacancy – something not done by any president in more than 40 years.
At 200 (and counting), President Trump is #2 of 45 for the pace of all Article III judges – and he would be #1 but for the fact that Congress created 152 new judgeships (25 percent) for President Carter to fill.
Despite the Senate Democrats’ and their leftwing allies’ rhetoric, President Trump’s judges are some of the most qualified in our nation’s history. Don’t simply take my word for it: Leftwing commentator Ian Millhiser wrote extensively on this. Here are some of his gems:
- “Trump hasn’t simply given lots of lifetime appointments to lots of lawyers. He’s filled the bench with some of the smartest, and some of the most ideologically reliable, men and women to be found in the conservative movement.”
- “It’s tempting to assume that Trump’s judicial appointees share the goonish incompetence of the man who placed them on the bench, but this assumption could not be more wrong.”
- “His picks include leading academics, Supreme Court litigators, and already prominent judges who now enjoy even more power within the judiciary.”
- “In other words, based solely on objective legal credentials, the average Trump appointee has a far more impressive résumé than any past president’s nominees.”
Over one-quarter of the federal judiciary is now made up of Trump-appointees.
This is great news for an administration that continues to press forward by passing good legislation despite constant Democrat opposition.
The Trump legacy will be one of keeping promises and 'leaving no vacancy behind.'
Here's more from Newsweek.
Overall, Trump has appointed more than one-fifth of the entire judiciary. And Republicans have their eyes on even more confirmations before Election Day when Trump's chances of a second term and control of the Senate will be on the ballot. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said his "motto for the year is 'leave no vacancy behind.'"
Last month, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) urged older judges to retire so even more Trump appointees could be packed into the court system. In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Graham said if you're a judge in your mid-to-late 60s, now would be a "good time" to retire if "you want to make sure the judiciary is right of center."
Trump has also renewed his 2016 campaign message to fill the judiciary with conservatives amid his re-election campaign. Last week, he tweeted that he will be releasing a new list of Supreme Court justice nominees by September 1. If elected to a second term, it's possible Trump will be able to put a third justice on the bench.
In these times of chaos, this is a welcome bit of news that's worth taking a moment to celebrate!