As I mentioned a while back, Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals passed away.
This man was a NOTORIOUSLY liberal Judge in a NOTORIOUSLY liberal Circuit court. While I do not revel in anyone’s passing, this is a big opportunity to relax the liberal stronghold this court has had on our nation.
It seems like the vast majority of the time, when a Circuit Court blocks something President Trump is trying to accomplish, it comes from the 9th circuit…
Anyway, President Trump has made his nomination… and Ted Cruz is VERY concerned.
Mark Bennett, President Donald Trump’s second nominee for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, signed several amicus (or “friend of the court”) briefs breaking from conservative legal orthodoxy on the First and Second Amendments during his tenure as Hawaii Attorney General.
His support for the briefs attracted scrutiny from Republican senators during his confirmation hearing Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, a rare display for a caucus otherwise elated with Trump’s judicial picks.
“I will confess that some of the positions you took as Hawaii Attorney General give me pause,” GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said during the hearing.
The senator’s office would not confirm if Cruz plans to support Bennett’s nomination.
UGH UGH UGH.
This position is WAY TOO IMPORTANT to throw away with a possibly-we’re-not-quite-sure-if-he’s-liberal judge.
Again, this is a HUGE opportunity to insert a Constitutional Conservative that SHOULD NOT BE SQUANDERED. We do NOT need more judges that do not respect our Constitution.
Trump nominated Bennett for Hawaii’s 9th Circuit seat. He enjoys the support of both Hawaii’s senators, Democratic Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono.
Yup…both of the Democratic Senators of Hawaii are THRILLED with this pick.
Hirono said Bennett’s selection was a testament to fruitful cooperation between the White House and senators representing states where judicial vacancies arise.
“I’ve been very critical about the lengths to which this administration is going to pack our federal courts with ideologically driven nominees,” she said during Wednesday’s hearing. “Unlike other circumstances over the last year where the administration failed to consult home state senators during the selection process, I worked with White House Counsel Don McGahn to come to an agreement on our slate of judicial nominees.”
So… take that as you will.