One of the lasting legacies of any president is his (her) judicial appointments. Whether you believe President Trump to be successful or not, even staunch Democrats are admitting that his judicial appointments are record breaking (footnote). As the Klain reference in the footnote explains, President Trump had three times Obama’s total and more than double the totals of Reagan, Bush 41 and Clinton combined in the first six months of his presidency.
Therefore, one would think that President Trump is filing all available bench vacancies. Unfortunately, because of Democreep obstruction, nothing could be further from the truth.
[Source: Democrat Obstruction Leads to More Court Vacancies Than When Trump Took Office, by Fred Lucas]
Trump has been successful in seating appeals court judges, but obstruction by Democrats has resulted in lower-level federal district court vacancies actually expanding. When the President was inaugurated in January 2017 there were 108 vacancies in the federal courts. Despite rapidly moving to fill the vacancies, there are now 178 current and known future vacancies (25 are appeals court judges and 153 are district or specialty court judges).
These lower courts make the vast majority of rulings and it is these courts that have blocked many of President Trump’s initiatives.
Why the slowdown? Of course, it is not hard to guess that it is a result of Senate Democrat obstruction. The Democreeps are requiring 30 hours of debate for every nominee. This is true even for nominees who received unanimous Judiciary Committee approval (yes, all Democreeps voted in favor). At this rate the President, even if he serves two terms, will still have vacancies when he leaves office.
Looking back on the history of judicial appointments, through nine presidents beginning in 1949, the Senate held a total of seven cloture votes in any president’s first year in office. In Trump’s first year, Democrats forced 19 such votes on judicial branch nominees and 46 on executive branch nominees.
Time for a “rules” change????
Footnote: [Source: The one area where Trump has been wildly successful, by Ronald A. Klain]
Ron Klain is NO FAN of Donald Trump. He was Chief of Staff to both Al Gore and Joe Biden (Wow! Chief of the “loser” brigade”) when they were Vice Presidents and was Obama’s “Ebola Czar.” So, if he thinks Trump is making significant headway in ANYTHING, you can be certain it is true.
[From the Klain article] … a massive transformation is underway in how our fundamental rights are defined by the federal judiciary. For while President Trump is incompetent at countless aspects of his job (told you he was not a Trump fan), he is proving wildly successful in one respect: naming youthful conservative nominees to the federal bench in record-setting numbers.
Trump’s predecessors all slowly ramped up their judicial nominations during their first six months in office… Ronald Reagan… made five lower-court nominations in that period; George H.W. Bush made four lower-court nominations; (Clinton) named no lower-court judges; and George W. Bush named four lower-court judges… The most successful early actor, Barack Obama, named.. nine lower-court judges who were confirmed.
What about Trump? He… selected 27 lower-court judges as of mid-July. Twenty-seven! That’s three times Obama’s total and more than double the totals of Reagan, Bush 41 and Clinton — combined. For the Courts of Appeals — the final authority for 95 percent of federal cases — no president before Trump named more than three judges whose nominations were processed in his first six months; Trump has named nine. Trump is on pace to more than double the number of federal judges nominated by any president in his first year.