Of all the headlines President Trump has been making in his first week in the White House, this one is arguably the most important.
Yesterday Trump tweeted that an announcement will be made one week from today (Thursday) revealing the president’s pick for Supreme Court.
Here’s more from Breitbart:
The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):
President Donald Trump says he will reveal his Supreme Court pick next Thursday. The court has had only eight justices since the death last year of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Trump tweeted early Wednesday, “I will be making my Supreme Court pick on Thursday of next week. Thank you.”
A person familiar with the process said the president has narrowed his choice to three federal appellate judges. They all were on the list of 21 potential high court picks Trump announced during his presidential campaign.
The leading contenders — who all have met with Trump — are William Pryor, Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman, the person said, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to speak publicly about internal decisions.
Last week we reported that President Trump will have an unprecedented opportunity to complete reshape the federal judiciary.
Now liberals are freaking out about the possibility that he could flip the notoriously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California.
Here’s more from Breitbart:
Liberals are panicking about the fact that President-elect Donald Trump will be able to fill four vacancies on the historically left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals when he takes office later this month.
Outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) called the vacancies a “judicial emergency,” according to Bay Area public radio station KQED, even though there are 29 judges on the court. The “emergency” is that Trump’s nominees might be able to make the court more conservative.
The Ninth Circuit’s jurisdiction covers many West Coast states, and its decisions have often reflected the liberal political culture of California and other “left coast” outposts. Over the past several decades, the frequency with which the U.S. Supreme Court — which had a narrow 5-4 conservative majority until 2016 — reversed Ninth Circuit rulings became a recurring theme. However, the Ninth Circuit has shown flashes of independence, as in recent Second Amendment rulings.
Liberals are worried about that increasing “moderation” at the Ninth Circuit. KQED interviewed University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias, who commented: “I think even in the Obama years the court has moved to be more moderate than it used to be, so I think that with those four appointments it could make some difference and move the court further in that direction.”
In the closing weeks of his eight year regime, Barack Obama has been doing everything in his power to poke as many of his fingers in the eyes of those opposed to him as possible. But this final move could take the cake.
Here’s more from Newsmax:
President Obama could try to sneak Merrick Garland onto the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a high stakes legal gamble that many say isn’t worth the fight, The Washington Times reports.
There will be a 5-minute window open just before noon when the Senate gavels the 114th Congress out of session and the time the 115 Congress begins, according to the Times. During those 5 minutes, Obama could test his presidential authority and put his Garland, his nominee, on the high court.
The Times notes it would be a legal gamble since the Supreme Court overturned some of Obama’s 2012 recess appointments, saying the Senate was actually in session and the president could not use his recess powers.
But the court ruled there was a difference between appointments made during an annual yearlong session of Congress, known as “intrasession,” and picks made at the end of the year known as “intersession.”
Even as some activists are urging Obama to go through with it, experts warn it is not worth the risk.
William G. Ross, a law professor at Samford University, confirmed Obama has the power to try to force Garland onto the high court. But he said it would be “politically unwise and damaging to the prestige of the court.”
While the current vacancy in the Supreme Court left by Antonin Scalia was the hot topic of debate during the election, what few pointed to is the fact that at least 100 judges are awaiting appointment to the federal judiciary.
And Trump now has the opportunity to completely remake the federal bench. Wow!
Here’s more from Newsmax:
President-elect Donald Trump will be able to reshape the judicial system once he takes office by filling an estimated 103 court vacancies, The Washington Post reports.
The number, which does not include the opening on the U.S. Supreme Court, is almost double the 54 open judicial openings President Barack Obama was faced with when he took over eight years ago, the newspaper noted.
Once the GOP took control of the Senate in 2015, confirmation of Obama’s judicial nominees was slowed, according to the Post.
Now, as an incoming Republican president, Trump will be able to make lifetime appointments to the bench, who will decide on issues including state gun control laws, abortion restrictions, voter registration and immigration.
“I’m optimistic he’ll come at this right out of the gate,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network,is quoted by the newspaper.