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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised now that the impeachment trial is over, the Senate will be moving forward to approve more of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees.

“With the impeachment trial behind us, we can now get back to the business of the American people,” McConnell said from the Senate floor on Tuesday.

“We’re continuing to renew our federal judiciary with thoroughly-qualified men and women who understand that a judge’s job is to interpret our laws and our Constitution as they were actually written,” the Kentucky Republican added.

Trump has successfully appointed more judges to the federal bench than any of the last six presidents at this point in their administrations, according to the Heritage Foundation’s Judicial Appointment Tracker.

With the confirmation of Judge Andrew Brasher to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday and four other district court judges Wednesday, Trump’s overall federal bench tally stands at 192.

The next closest among recent presidents was Bill Clinton, who had appointed 188 at the same juncture in his first term.

By way of further comparison, Barack Obama had successfully seated just 126 judges, of which 25 were at the circuit court level. In that category, Trump beats all comers among recent chief executives with 51, compared with Clinton’s 33 and Obama’s 25.

During his entire eight years in office, Obama only sat 55 judges on circuit courts, which are just below the U.S. Supreme Court.

“My motto for the year is ‘leave no vacancy behind,’” McConnell told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday morning.

“That includes district courts as well,” he said. “So, we’re a long way from being finished with doing court confirmations this year.”

Thomas Jipping — a senior legal fellow with the Heritage Foundation and former chief legal counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee — told The Western Journal, “Majority Leader McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman [Lindsey] Graham appear determined to continue this robust confirmation pace and make more progress toward properly staffing the judiciary.”

“President Trump has appointed more judges at this point than all but one president in history, and done so in the face of an unprecedented resistance campaign,” Jipping noted.

Former President Jimmy Carter appointed 195 compared with Trump’s 192, though the rules of the road were different back then, according to the legal expert.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has forced cloture votes on 148 of Trump’s nominees, slowing down the final vote by at least two or three legislative days.

None of Carter’s appointees faced a cloture vote when the Republicans were in the minority during his presidency, Jipping told The Western Journal.

He highlighted that it is not because Trump’s picks lack the background to serve on the bench.

“Two-thirds of his nominees have been rated ‘Well Qualified’ by the liberal American Bar Association, compared to 64.5 percent of President Obama’s nominees at this point,” Jipping said.

In a recent Vox Op-Ed, liberal columnist Ian Millhiser conceded that Trump is appointing qualified jurists.

“It’s tempting to assume that Trump’s judicial appointees share the goonish incompetence of the man who placed them on the bench, but this assumption could not be more wrong,” he wrote.

“His picks include leading academics, Supreme Court litigators, and already prominent judges who now enjoy even more power within the judiciary,” Millhiser said.

Marge Baker, who serves as executive vice president of liberal People for the American Way, lamented the “alarming milestone” the president reached this week with his most recent addition to the 11th Circuit.

“With this confirmation of Andrew Brasher, Donald Trump has now appointed half of the judges on the Eleventh Circuit, which serves Alabama, Georgia and Florida,” Baker said in a statement.

Fox News reported that Trump flipped the court to majority Republican appointees in November. So Brasher’s addition makes the advantage two seats.

Mike Davis — president of the Article III Project, a nonprofit fighting for the confirmation of Trump’s judicial nominees, and former chief counsel for nominations to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley — praised the president’s judicial makeover.

“President Trump has done a phenomenal job at appointing a record number of judges to the federal judiciary, despite unprecedented obstruction by Senate Democrats and their left-wing allies,” he told The Western Journal.

Davis predicted a second Trump term could mean up to four additional Supreme Court picks, thereby adding to the two he has already appointed: Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

He noted the president has already flipped the 2nd, 3rd, and 11th Circuits from majority Democrat-appointed judges to Republican.

Trump has also narrowed the gap from 11 more Democrat appointees on the ultra-liberal 9th Circuit to just a three-seat advantage among the 29 judges.

Davis said he believes in addition to the 9th, the 4th and 1oth Circuit Courts would likely flip in a Trump second term.

Currently, more than one out of every four circuit judges serving nationwide is a Trump appointee.

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Ken Easterling February 16, 2020
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I’m not concerned about how many judges get on the bench. What I would like to see is the Senate taking up things like drug prices. Imagine needing insulin to live. It only costs $360 per month. It is $19 per month in Italy. Other things like infrastructure and non-government healthcare would be nice. It would also nice if Congress would stick to Federal Government things. I’m talking about abortion for one. Why is this debated in Congress? Leave it to the individual!
Evangeline February 16, 2020
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Good ole Mitch and the rest of our great Republican Senators (minus a few) back to work putting fair judges in our DOJ and SC that aren't bought out to the Deep State and that respect our Constitution. REPUBLICANS = ALWAYS WORKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. VOTE RED 2020!
mike dar February 16, 2020
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It isn't that the Judge is left or right any longer.. not in the age of 'What difference does it make now', not in the age of 'So what, it worked didn't it?'. It is that many leftists appointed Judges OWE.. allegiance, are under BLACKMAIL, to the leftists. A certain S.C. leading Judge is under Blackmail for filling out his kids adoption papers fraudulently.. hence flipping on Obamacare. Remember folks, 'they have 9 ways to get you' extends to EVERYONE.. whether wearing a robe or not...……….
Art LaPella February 16, 2020
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In theory, it wouldn't matter whether a judge is appointed by a Democrat or a Republican, because the Constitution says the legislature makes laws and the judges make decisions. In practice, If the judge can make a law mean anything he wants it to mean to achieve his vision of social justice, then the rest of the government doesn't matter. That's why judges have been a top priority lately.
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Nikki Haley Breaks with Trump: ‘We Shouldn’t Have Followed Him, and We Shouldn’t Have Listened to Him’

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Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, believes that former President Donald Trump “let us down.”

Haley’s remarks come as the former president’s legal team prepares to present its defense of Trump during his second impeachment trial in the Senate.

In a Politico interview published Friday, Haley, former South Carolina governor, said that “we shouldn’t have followed” Trump.

“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said in an extensive profile. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

She also told the outlet that she has not spoken to Trump since the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, and takes issue with his remarks condemning former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to reject the Electoral College vote.

“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” she expressed. “I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”

The former ambassador, who many people are speculating may run for the White House in 2024, also added that Trump will never accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“There’s nothing that you’re ever going to do that’s going to make him feel like he legitimately lost the election,” she explained. “He’s got a big bully pulpit. He should be responsible with it.”

Haley also warned that many people still love the former president and will not stop supporting him just because he is out of office.

“I know how much people love Donald Trump,” she admitted. “I know it. I feel it. Whether it’s an RNC room or social media or talking to donors, I can tell you that the love they have for him is still very strong. That’s not going to just fall to the wayside. Nor do I think the Republican Party is going to go back to the way it was before Donald Trump. I don’t think it should.”

Haley added that people, instead, should “take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party.”

“[I]t’s bigger than the party,” she insisted. “I hope our country can come together and figure out how we pull this back.”

Referring to Haley’s possible 2024 ambitions, Politico’s Tim Alberta wrote, “Since last fall, I’ve spent nearly six hours talking with Haley on-the-record. I’ve also spoken with nearly 70 people who know her: friends, associates, donors, staffers, former colleagues. From those conversations, two things are clear. First, Nikki Haley is going to run for president in 2024. Second, she doesn’t know which Nikki Haley will be on the ballot.”

Haley also said that she didn’t believe Trump had a chance of winning in a 2024 election scenario.

“I don’t think he can,” she admitted. “He’s fallen so far.”

“I think his business is suffering at this point,” she added. “I think he’s lost any sort of political viability he was going to have. I think he’s lost his social media, which meant the world to him. I mean, I think he’s lost the things that really could have kept him moving.”

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The Democrats demonized President Trump for using the word ‘fight’. Trump’s attorneys responded today with a collage of clips from each of the Democrats in the room using the word ‘fight’.

This portion of today’s events on Capitol Hill was excellent. The Democrats claim that because President Trump used the word ‘fight’ in his speech on January 6th in Washington D.C. However, what every Democrat in that room forgot was that they too had used the word previously in political speech.

The montage went on for 13 minutes. (The video montage starts at 7:10 timeframe.)

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WATCH: Trump Attorneys Destroy House Managers on Lying to American Public and Using Manipulated Tweet as Evidence

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President Trump’s defense team took the floor of the US Senate on Friday in defense of President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.

Trump Attorney David Schoen absolutely destroyed the House Managers when he took to the floor of the US Senate.

At one point Schoen played video of the Democrat lawmakers lying about a Trump tweet.

House Impeachment Manager Eric Swalwell gave a riveting performance on Wednesday reading off Trump’s tweets with emotional appeal.

During this theatrical performance, Swalwell read off a Trump retweet by Jennifer Lynn Lawrence.

But there was one problem with the tweet. It was photoshopped.

Jennifer Lynn Lawrence has never been verified by Twitter. Democrats faked that to make it look more important.

On Friday Trump Attorney David Schoen destroyed Democrats for lying about this to the American public.

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White House Suspends Deputy Press Secretary For Allegedly Sexually Harassing, Threatening Reporter

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The White House announced on Friday that it was suspending Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo after a report surfaced alleging that he sexually harassed and threatened a female reporter who was getting ready to publish a report revealing that he was dating a reporter who had previously been tasked with covering Democrat Joe Biden.

“The confrontation began on Inauguration Day, January 20, after [Politico reporter Tara] Palmeri, a coauthor of Politico’s Playbook, contacted [Axios political reporter Alexi] McCammond for comment while one of her male colleagues left a message for Ducklo,” Vanity Fair reported. “Ducklo subsequently called a Playbook editor to object to the story, but was told to call the Playbook reporters with his concerns. But instead of calling the male reporter who initially contacted him, Ducklo tried to intimidate Palmeri by phone in an effort to kill the story. ‘I will destroy you,’ Ducklo told her, according to the sources, adding that he would ruin her reputation if she published it.”

“During the off-the-record call, Ducklo made derogatory and misogynistic comments, accusing Palmeri of only reporting on his relationship—which, due to the ethics questions that factor into the relationship between a journalist and White House official, falls under the purview of her reporting beat—because she was ‘jealous’ that an unidentified man in the past had ‘wanted to f***’ McCammond ‘and not you,’” the report added. “Ducklo also accused Palmeri of being ‘jealous’ of his relationship with McCammond.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said following the report that Ducklo has been suspended for a week over the incident.

“TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki wrote on Twitter. “He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President.”

“In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret,” she continued. “With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”

Reporters called out the administration over the incident, highlighting how the Trump administration did not treat reporters that way as well as issues with the timeline of events with regard to the White House taking action to address the incident.

“The Vanity Fair piece indicates that Politico editors reached to the WH after the incident first occurred and the WH acknowledged it was inappropriate,” Spectator editor Amber Athey wrote on Twitter. “But they clearly didn’t have any interest in disciplining Ducklo until his behavior was made public.”

New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi wrote on Twitter: “I covered Donald Trump for 6 years. It is saying something that this behavior — from a Biden official — shocks me.”

Grabien founder Tom Elliott highlighted the following remarks that Biden made a few weeks ago: “If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot, on the spot. No if, ands, or buts. Everybody — everybody is entitled to be treated with decency & dignity.”

CNN anchor Jake Tapper responded to the quote, writing: “Standards that are not upheld are not standards. They’re lies.”

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