The Senate confirmed President Trump’s candidate to become the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge on with all votes on his favor, while the White House ignored the judge’s two Democratic home-state senator’s comment on the subject.
This unique yet assertive action to bypass the usual blue script consultation and proceed with the vote comes as the current administration is looking to wear down left-wing’s supremacy on the appellate court methodically.
The Newly Elected 9th Circuit Judge
Seattle attorney Eric Miller, the newly elected 9th Circuit judge, was confirmed 53-46. Eric Miller was among the 51 judicial candidates left over from the former Congress in which was re-nominated by the White House last month. Miller, which is presently the appellate chairman of the international law firm Perkins Coie, will succeed Bill Clinton appointee Judge Richard Tallman’s position.
The Opposition and the White House’s Actions
Washington State’s Democratic Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray were among those who are objecting to Miller’s nomination. Miller’s admission marks the first time the Senate did not follow the tradition and accepted a judicial candidate over the objections of both senators.
The White House formally warned that it would also continue forward with other 9th Circuit nominations in other U.S. states without following the blue script consultation process. According to the Sacramento Bee last year, White House officials have made negotiations about the 9th Circuit appointments with Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris. The dialogue collapsed, and the White House continued to proclaim three candidates over their objections.
Members of the conservative Federalist Society Patric Butamay, Kenneth Kiyul Lee and Daniel Collins were among those candidates, of whom were yet to be confirmed.
Republican Party critics labeled the court “Nutty 9th” due to a lot of its decree have been overturned by the Supreme Court.