McConnell Accelerates Judicial Confirmations After Taking $250k from Conservative Legal Activist - 2019-11-14
As attention on Congress is focused on the impeachment inquiry, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is quietly ramping up his efforts to install far-right federal judges, many with lifetime appointments.
"The Senate will continue its work in the personnel business and confirm more of the president's outstanding nominees to the federal judiciary," McConnell said last week, after the Senate failed to move forward on a defense spending bill.
McConnell is planning to confirm at least 30 more federal judges before the end of the year, Vice reports. The Senate, under McConnell's leadership, has already confirmed 45 circuit court judges during the Trump administration, quickly closing in on the number of appeals judges confirmed during the eight years of the Obama administration: 55.