The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-10 Thursday to move two of President Trump’s Ninth Circuit nominees to the Senate floor for a vote. Judges Kenneth Lee and Daniel Collins were chosen last year for seats on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is regarded as the country’s most liberal appeals court. Democrats have slow-walked the nominations over concerns ranging from college writings and personalities to work for conservative think tanks. If these nominations are approved, 11 of the judges will be appointed by Republicans compared with 16 by Democrats, with two more vacancies remaining. At this pace, the most liberal court in the country could quickly mirror the U.S. Supreme Court.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Two nominees to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a target of President Trump’s ire, cleared a major hurdle Thursday as they won approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The panel voted 12-10 along party lines to advance the nominations of Kenneth Lee and Daniel Collins, who were first chosen by Trump last year for seats on the 9th Circuit, considered to be the country’s most liberal appeals court.
The nominations will now head to the Senate floor for a vote.
Lee came under scrutiny by Democrats on the panel for his college writings on sexual assault, race, and LGBT rights, which were not initially turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Among the writings was one titled “Ebonics at Cornell,” in which he defended The Cornell Review for an article that was a parody of Ebonics.