Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to quickly move on from the impeachment trial that was bogging down his legislative chamber, promising President Trump he will confirm more federal judges.
The Western Journal reports McConnell took to the Senate floor where he said: “With the impeachment trial behind us, we can now get back to the business of the American people.”
“We’re continuing to renew our federal judiciary with thoroughly-qualified men and women who understand that a judge’s job is to interpret our laws and our Constitution as they were actually written,” he added.
McConnell added on social media that his chamber will start as early as this week to confirm Trump-appointed judges.
“The state of our union is strong and there’s plenty for the Senate to do to keep up this momentum for the American people,” McConnell tweeted. “We’ll start this week by confirming more of President Trump’s well-qualified nominees to lifetime judicial appointments.”
The state of our union is strong and there’s plenty for the Senate to do to keep up this momentum for the American people.
We’ll start this week by confirming more of President Trump’s well-qualified nominees to lifetime judicial appointments. pic.twitter.com/atWKYFOqBI
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) February 11, 2020
During an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, McConnell said he was looking to confirm all Trump-appointed judges.
“My motto for the year is ‘leave no vacancy behind,’” he said per the report. “That includes district courts as well. So, we’re a long way from being finished with doing court confirmations this year.”
President Trump’s impact on the federal judiciary is nearly unprecedented as he has appointed more federal judges than all but one U.S. president.
From the Western Journal:
Trump has successfully appointed more judges to the federal bench than any of the last six presidents at this point in their administrations, according to the Heritage Foundation’s Judicial Appointment Tracker.
The next closest among recent presidents was Bill Clinton, who had appointed 188 at the same juncture in his first term.
By way of further comparison, Barack Obama had successfully seated just 126 judges, of which 25 were at the circuit court level. In that category, Trump beats all comers among recent chief executives with 51, compared with Clinton’s 33 and Obama’s 25.
The only president who has appointed more judges than Trump was President Jimmy Carter, who had 195 appointments.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.