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.