Axios – “President Trump has already appointed a record-breaking number of federal judges, but his judicial legacy is even bigger than that: More than half of those judges replaced Democratic appointees,
- The Senate has confirmed 17 Trump nominees for federal district courts, most of whom replaced Democratic appointees.
- Trump has also filled 16 vacancies on federal appeals courts (the last stop before the Supreme Court). Six of those appointees replaced judges who were nominated by Democratic presidents.
- There are still 140 more vacancies in the federal district and appellate courts, and Trump has put forward nominees for about half of them.
- There could soon be 100 judicial nominees pending in the Senate, according to the Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo.
The bottom line: Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already set a breakneck pace for judicial confirmations. If Republicans still control the Senate after this year’s midterms, no matter what else happens, that pace will continue — and the impact will be felt long after Trump’s presidency.”