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Since when do Senators get to choose Donald Trump’s nominees for the positions of federal judges? Since now.
In an article on Powerline which references an editorial piece in the Wall Street Journal , Trump has withdrawn three names from his original list of 50 judicial nominees. Imagine the outrage of Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein: all of the judges are considered to be conservative. The irony is that these potential judges and their records would otherwise be admired by people from the Left and Right. Patrick Bumatay is an assistant U.S. Attorney who specializes in drug enforcement; he is also a 40-year old gay Filipino American. Daniel Collins has a private law practice, was an associate deputy attorney general and worked on issues like child exploitation. And Kenneth Lee, also in private practice, was an associate counsel to George W. Bush and has a pro bono practice for the poor and incarcerated.
These are the men that Harris and Feinstein have rejected.
But both Senators offered an alternative for selecting nominees for the three open positions:
The Democrats want to pick one name from the White House list, one from their own and a third consensus nominee.
Both articles suggest reasons that President Trump might have agreed to this request. None of the reasons make any sense to me. They appear to be based on a hope and a prayer that the Democrats will be more cooperative toward future judges.
Consulting Senators in the past was done as a courtesy—you know, when Senators were willing to be more cooperative.
This decision bodes a bad future for our judiciary. Do you see something I might be missing that makes this a good strategy?