Donald Trump continues his appointment of conservative judges.
On Wednesday, Bloomberg Law reported that the Senate had confirmed Joseph Bianco to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Later this week, Judge Michael Park’s also expected to be seated.
“When Trump makes additional appointments for vacancies that will be left by two judges who recently announced their retirements, Dennis Jacobs and Christopher Droney, the 13-member court will be majority Republican-appointed.”
Chuck Schumer was good with Bianco in 2005:
“I am proud to support someone as outstandingly qualified and well respected as Mr. Bianco.”
But now he ain’t. Here’s his March statement on both judges tilting the scales in favor of those who want smaller government and more liberty:
Another day, another partisan push by Senate Republicans for hard-right nominees to get lifetime appointments on the federal bench. One day after Senate Republicans elevated to the Sixth Circuit an attorney who proclaimed pre-existing condition protections are unconstitutional, Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans voted to advance the nominations of Michael Park and Joseph Bianco for the Second Circuit, despite objections from Senator Gillibrand and me.
Mr. Park has spent much of his career working in opposition to civil rights and seeking to advance the far-right agenda. He has been on the front lines of efforts to dismantle affirmative action policies in education, strike down our health care law, and is currently defending the Trump administration’s effort to insert a citizenship question into the 2020 census. I will be strongly opposing these nominations when they come to the Senate floor.
Courtesy of New York Law Journal, Chuck really crapped on Michael Park:
“Frankly, his principal qualification seems to be that he’s a card-carrying member of the Federalist Society … He’s an ideologue. He doesn’t have the kind of balance and integrity and compassion and understanding of both sides that any judge needs. It will be obvious to anyone who reviews his record that he lacks the breadth and objectivity that we prize in our judges.”
The jurisdiction of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals covers New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.
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