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  • Senate Dems raise alarm on 'captured' federal courts as Trump, Republicans keep judicial confirmations coming

    Senate Dems raise alarm on 'captured' federal courts as Trump, Republicans keep judicial confirmations coming

    The report and publicity effort by Senate Democrats on Wednesday suggests they might be looking to use the federal courts as a political rallying cry for their base the same way Republicans did so effectively in 2016 to unite the party behind President Trump and in 2018 to hold on to the Senate majority as Democrats handily took the House.

    H/T: Fox News

    From the report:

    Under the Trump Administration, the Mitch McConnell-led Senate has produced few signicant legislative accomplishments. Instead, it has prioritized packing the judiciary with far-right extremists, who then enjoy life tenure as federal judges. Working hand-in-hand with the administration and anonymously-funded outside groups, the Senate has confrmed 200 new life-tenured federal judges to aggressively remake thefederal courts and rewrite the Constitution.

    Most of these judges were chosennot for their qualifcations or experience—which are often lacking—but for their demonstrated allegiance to Republican Party political goals. These judges have already begun rolling back the clock on civil rights, consumer protections, and the rights of ordinary Americans, reliably putting a thumb on the scale in favor of corporate and Republican political interests. From the Supreme Court on down, the special interests responsible for these judges’ selection and confrmation are effectively capturing the judicial branch, packing our courts with politicians in robes.

    Read the Senate Democrats 50-plus page report released on Wednesday below.

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