McConnell Vows To Keep Filling Court Vacancies Despite Coronavirus, Including SCOTUS
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Despite the fact that most of Congress’ attention of late has been focused on handling the coronavirus pandemic, ‘the show must go on,’ as the old saying goes.
As such, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed on Friday to continue filling federal court vacancies with constitutionalists nominated by President Donald Trump — and that will include a Supreme Court nominee should the need arise for one.
In a new interview with the Washington Post, the Kentucky Republican confirmed that the upper chamber was on pace to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where most constitutional challenges to government and congressional regulations are heard:
“I think you cannot credibly argue that Justin Walker is not a judicial all-star,” McConnell said in an interview with The Washington Post in advance of the announcement Friday, ticking off his academic and legal credentials.
Chief among them are Walker’s clerkships with former Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Kavanaugh during his tenure on the D.C. Circuit. Both Kennedy and Kavanaugh privately recommended Walker for the D.C. Circuit vacancy in conversations with Trump, according to a person familiar with the calls who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely.
Clearly, media Leftists are ‘concerned’ President Trump and Senate Republicans will indeed have another opportunity soon to fill a SCOTUS vacancy.
And the Post reporter who interviewed McConnell made it crystal clear that he would.
The reporter, Seung Min Kim, also claimed that McConnells’ stance is somehow different today than it was in 2016, when he would not allow a hearing or a vote on President Obama’s last Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland:
“This Congress goes on until Dec. 31, and we intend to confirm all of the judges that are sent up to us this year,” McConnell said. He also reiterated his promise that he would fill a Supreme Court vacancy this year, should there be one, a reversal from his argument in 2016 that a seat should remain open until the voters decide in the presidential election.
McConnell says the circumstances are different now because both the Senate and the White House are of the same party, which was not the case four years ago.
There’s no question McConnell understands the importance of helping the president remake the federal judiciary into a branch of government more reflective of our founding. After all, even during the recent impeachment fiasco, the Senate leader ensured that judges continued to be confirmed.
Speaking of impeachment and confirmation of judges, other Republican leaders are also cognizant of McConnell’s efforts to get Trump’s judges confirmed.
Writing in Newsweek Nov. 15, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich noted that while Democrats were wasting time with a highly partisan and fact-free ‘investigation’ of President Trump, McConnell and Senate Republicans were getting judges confirmed:
President Trump recognized McConnell as "a man whose leadership has been instrumental to our success... there is nobody that has done a better job ever than Senator Mitch McConnell...generations from now Americans will know that Mitch McConnell helped save the constitutional rules of law in America.”
McConnell for his part, has made filling the courts his central goal, because, as he said, "the circuit courts, where 99 percent of litigation stops, are full of bright young men and women who believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of a judge is to follow the law.”
The real reason why the Left hates the fact that McConnell and President Trump are remaking the federal judiciary is because they prefer Marxist activist judges who make law and violate the Constitution rather than interpret it.