President Trump Just Nominated His Own Picks To 9th Circuit, Breaking Tradition

President Donald Trump has nominated three conservative judges to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Washington, DC – After months of unsuccessful negotiations with California Democratic Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, President Donald Trump moved ahead without their support, and nominated three conservative judges to the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Wednesday night, the White House announced that President Trump nominated Kenneth Kiyul Lee, Daniel Collins, and Patrick Bumatay to the circuit court, FOX News reported.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals covers the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, and California, according to the government’s website.

It is the same court that has ruled against the President’s travel ban and the limits on funding for “sanctuary cities,” FOX News reported.

The President’s nominations came after months of negotiations with Senators Harris and Feinstein – negotiations that never produced a consensus.

"We have spent nearly two years attempting to engage constructively with the Senators regarding the growing number of judicial vacancies tied to California," White House Counsel Don McGahn said in a letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley on Oct. 10, according to CNN.

McGahn noted that he met with Feinstein on “multiple occasions,” and said that “Senator Harris has refused to engage with the White House at any level, whatsoever on the issue,” according to the letter.

Consequently, the President opted to “exercise his prerogative to nominate his own well-qualified nominees,” McGahn wrote.

Feinstein immediately blasted the President for making the nominations without her permission.

“The White House moved forward without consulting me," she said in a news release, according to CNN.

Feinstein expressed outrage that she had already told McGahn she did not approve of Collins and Lee, and said she provided him a list of three nominations she recommended earlier this month.

"The decision to move forward with these nominees without consultation…reflects President Trump's desire to remake the court,” she said.

Historically, presidents have collaborated with home state senators when selecting who to nominate to federal judgeship positions, and traditionally have agreed not to nominate those who are not approved up by the home state senators, The Sacramento Bee reported.

But that is a courtesy – not a requirement – and the President acted within his power when he nominated the three attorneys.

As outlined in the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, the Senate will conduct confirmation hearings before any of President Trump’s nominees are appointed.

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walkintall
walkintall

I spent most of my working life bound up by the rulings in the 9th Circuit. I'll watch with interest the confirmation hearings. This will be a change for the better.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Golly, do we see another kangaroo court with the Dems on these nominees also? Feinstein needs to be put to pasture. California wake up, vote her out. She along with Jerry Brown are killing your state with their stupidity.

Pitsburgh4Blue
Pitsburgh4Blue

Thank you President Trump!!!!!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Let's see how long the Senate (Democrats) drag out the confirmation hearings on these three nominations.

copper347
copper347

The 9th circuit is way to large to begin with. It need to be broken into thirds. Right now it is set up as a super circuit which is wielding far to much influence over the judiciary. This tradition date back to when the State legislatures and Governors chose the Senators. It was a matter of State rights and now that the Senators are nothing but a super House Of Representatives elected by popular vote the consultations to the Senators should be limited. Senators may recommend but the decision by the constitution belongs to the president to nominate.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Sounds like federal government overreach to me.

I'm surprised (not really) that you people are onboard for that. I'm sure if the situation was reverse, you people would have a fit.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

don't see what this story has to do with Blue Lives Mattering. It seems more about the judiciary and about politics -- not police work.

Patriot6
Patriot6

Nearly every Court decision negatively impacting law enforcement came out of the 9th circuit. It's time for the pendulum to swing the other way.

b1rd
b1rd

Again you show your stupidity. Not ignorance.

Please explain how this is overreach since the Constitution gives authority to the President to appoint these judges, not Senators.

I will wait Dumbass

At least you could have googled it before you spoke like you did with your supposed Naval experience.

By the way, how is nike stock been doing lately??

Gotyourback1956
Gotyourback1956

This action is long overdue. The 9th circuit rulings have the highest reversal and vacated percentages of all circuit courts by the Supreme Court. 19% vacated and 61% reversals. The court is commonly used by ultra leftwing groups and it turns into a big time waste and waste of Supreme Courts time. Commonly referred to as the 9th Circus

Gregg709088
Gregg709088

President TRUMP is showing he know political wisdom & powers

better than an US Politican in our US powers today

and the Republicans would be very wise to take wise

notice and mimick, if they are wise enough to do so

this is the TRUMPing Truth this is my TRUMPing Truth!!!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

About time this was done !

Rayb
Rayb

Someone needs to break tradition... that’s been the problem.. that’s why Trump works cause he’s not afraid to do that..

GRFisk
GRFisk

If the same thing begins with these Nominees, Trump should OUTRIGHT Appoint them. The President DOES NOT need, nor require, Congress' approval!!!!!

GRFisk
GRFisk

Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! So, it's ok for you to NOT work with our President on his Supreme Court Nominee, instead actively and openly OPPOSING him and throwing up blocks in a attempt to DERAIL it? Now the shoe is on the other foot, and you're snivelling and crying like a couple of Self Important Politicians. Sit down. You won't be around after November anyways!!!!! The President DOES NOT require, nor need, your approval!!!

cstew1952
cstew1952

Kicking ASS and takin names..

scubapro48
scubapro48

Enough of the Democrats obstruction, it's time to turn this country around in Donald Trump is doing it

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

MAGA

sanman
sanman

THANK YOU Mr. President!!!

VWells
VWells

First let me say, thank you President Trump! Secondly, if the demos refuse to work with the President, then he did the best appointments for our country and those specific states‼️

Condor3631
Condor3631

Thank you Mr. Trump!! Keep up the awesome job!

Condor3631
Condor3631

Love it when u said, “I WILL WAIT DUMBASS!” AWESOME!!!!

Condor3631
Condor3631

Thank you!! And yes they r killing California!! U r exactly right!!!

MSK
MSK

President Trump is not a politician. He’s a businessman. Something this country has needed for a VERY long time. He’s blunt and uncouth at times but I’ll take that over these smooth talking, multi-millionaire, lying politicians who are all in bed with each other and the lobbyists rigging our system so they get richer and couldn’t care less about us, the American people. MAGA!!!

CALawman1996
CALawman1996

That court affects law enforcement and regularly seems to rule against them and/or the betterment of society. Rulings that have been coming from there have been in favor of criminals at the cost of the taxpayers! Thank you Mr. President!!!