Trump to announce federal court nominees

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After the five judges are announced on Monday, the Trump administration will reportedly continue to periodically roll out even more conservative names until all of the vacancies are filled.

President Trump will announce on Monday 10 nominees for various federal court vacancies, The New York Times reported.

Trump will need a minimum of 51 votes to confirm his judicial nominees in the Senate - a feat made easier by Senate Democrats' decision to trigger the so-called "nuclear option" in 2013 to eliminate the filibuster for all nominations to the lower federal courts.

While the court of appeals tends to have a lower public profile, its role in adjudicating numerous orders and laws put forth by this administration will be significant.


The president also told the The Washington Examiner on April 26 that he has "absolutely" considered breaking up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the left-leaning judges have already blocked his two executive orders aimed at halting immigration from terror-ridden nations and defunding sanctuary cities that do not comply with federal law.

Trump said last month that he is considering breaking up the 9th Circuit, a federal appeals court that covers Western states and which has always been a target of Republicans. Though Garland had bipartisan support, McConnell likely did this in the hopes of taking the nomination from Obama and giving it to a Republican president the next year.

She was a law clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative giant on the court, and spoke at a memorial following his death in February. But her colleague, Justice David Viviano, served as a substitute.

Stras formerly clerked for conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and is known to share the view of a limited role for the judiciary.

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