Thursday, 6 February 2020

Mitch McConnell wastes no time after acquittal, prepares for votes on 5 more Trump judicial nominees

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wasted no time in returning to his priority of confirming President Donald Trump's judicial nominees following the president's impeachment acquittal on Wednesday, immediately filing cloture in order to move forward with voting on five more federal judges.

What are the details?

The Senate remained in session after finding President Trump not guilty of the impeachment articles passed against him by House Democrats. In short order, the Senate Cloakroom announced in a series of tweets that Leader McConnell had filed cloture, preparing to schedule floor votes on the upper chamber's calendar for a handful of judicial nominees.
The Hill reported that "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."
After the vote on Brasher, the upper chamber will consider U.S. District Judge nominees Joshua Kindred, Matthew Schelp, Joshua Kness, and Philip Halpern.

Anything else?

The day before the Senate received the articles of impeachment from the House of Representatives last month, Leader McConnell tweeted, "In less than three years, President Trump has appointed and the Republican Senate has confirmed 50 circuit judges. That is already the most in any president's whole first term since 1980."
President Trump shared the message and added, "Now up to 187 Federal Judges, and two great new Supreme Court Justices. We are in major record territory. Hope EVERYONE is happy!" 

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