Trump begins effort to pack courts with conservatives

Francis Osborne
May 9, 2017

Trump has worked closely with conservative groups - like the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society - to select federal court candidates that are likely to balance the judicial philosophies of judges appointed to the bench by Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

The five federal appellate nominees in the batch includes state supreme court justices, former law clerks to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, corporate lawyers and law professors.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen was nominated for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras was tapped for the 8th Circuit Court.

But one area where these nominations can have a huge impact is the federal courts.

There are now more than 120 vacancies on lower federal courts. But her colleague, Justice David Viviano, served as a substitute.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will name almost a dozen judges as nominees for key posts Monday as President Donald Trump works to pack the nation's federal courts with more conservative voices. The White House selected the nominees with help.

Trump's earliest efforts to implement his agenda were dramatically derailed by the courts, which pushed back against his proposed travel ban and his order to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with immigration authorities.

"When it comes to fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint strong, principled judges, Trump is knocking it out of the park", said Carrie Severino, the chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, ahead of the expected announcement.

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