Trump to announce 10 nominees for open federal court seats

Posted May 09, 2017

First among them is the utterly broken process of Supreme Court nominations under President Donald Trump and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, which leaves little doubt that any nominee to replace Justice Kennedy would be intent on demolishing the key pillars of his legacy.

A senior official with the administration said they are slated to unveil at least five judicial nominees on Monday, suggesting that the president's goal is to dramatically shift the way the federal courts have operated the last eight years.

All nominees would require Senate confirmation.

While the court of appeals tends to have a lower public profile, its role in adjudicating numerous orders and laws put forth by this administration will be significant.

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Trump will also nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and John Bush, an attorney in Louisville, Ky., to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, The Times reported. The administration vowed that it would re-appeal the ruling and either revise its original executive order or write a new one from scratch.

Trump said last month that he is considering breaking up the 9th Circuit, a federal appeals court that covers Western states and which has always been a target of Republicans. But her colleague, Justice David Viviano, served as a substitute. While Supreme Court vacancies capture national attention, a president can leave a lasting legacy by getting like-minded justices confirmed to US district, circuit and other courts across the country.

Stras formerly clerked for conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and is known to share the view of a limited role for the judiciary.