Judicial confirmations are continuing full speed ahead thanks to the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham. As reported by Carrie Severino for the National Review:
The Senate has recessed for Thanksgiving break, but not before processing a number of judicial nominees. Five new trial judges were confirmed last week, four to various district courts and one to the Court of International Trade.
The Senate Judiciary Committee for its part held hearings on Wednesday for five nominees, including Thomas L. Kirsch II, who has been nominated to the Seventh Circuit seat vacated by Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Three other nominees have cloture motions pending on the Senate floor, so at least that many should be confirmed after the Senate returns next week.
JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS UPDATE— JCN (@judicialnetwork) November 23, 2020
-171 District/Trade Court judges
-53 Circuit Court judges
- 3 Supreme Court justices!
That makes a total of 227 Article III Judges! https://t.co/mBNfRLbFC6
Notably, Kathryn Kimball Mizelle was confirmed as a judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida last week. At age 33, Kimball Mizelle is the youngest U.S. District Court nominee by President Trump.
Congratulations to Kathryn Kimball Mizelle! She was confirmed yesterday to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and is President @realDonaldTrump’s youngest federal judge yet!— JCN (@judicialnetwork) November 19, 2020
President Trump has already also already nominated a replacement for Justice Amy Coney Barrett's prior position on the 7th Circuit:
Today I introduced Hoosier Thomas Kirsch during his confirmation hearing in @senjudiciary. He is nominated to serve as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court which was previously held by Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. https://t.co/jbwQbUNxVI— Senator Todd Young (@SenToddYoung) November 18, 2020
Once confirmed, Kirsch will become President @realDonaldTrump’s 54th appointment to the critically important federal courts of appeals.— 🇺🇸 Mike Davis 🇺🇸 (@mrddmia) November 18, 2020
President Trump’s most consequential accomplishment—by far—is his transformation of the judiciary.@Article3Project’s https://t.co/Y3gs2sU4MY
Some background on Thomas Kirsch II, the judge President Trump has nominated to replace Justice Barrett on the Seventh Circuit. https://t.co/GsmMKxDAv8— JCN (@judicialnetwork) November 18, 2020
Confirming judges remains the Senate's top priority as the balance of power in the Senate for the next congress remains uncertain:
With the unwavering support of Georgia’s two Senators, we’ve seen more than 200 Conservative Judges appointed to our courts at every level and they are all men and women who will uphold all the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution! pic.twitter.com/0pFqL70mHX— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) November 20, 2020
Why are Georgia Senate races so important? If Democrats control w/ a 51-50, they aim to:— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) November 23, 2020
pack Supreme Court,
slash military spending,
defund the police,
send taxes soaring,
confirm hard-left judges and nominees,
attack Second Amendment rights.
Thank you, Leader McConnell and Chairman Graham for your commitment to confirming President Trump's judicial nominees!