Feinstein, Harris fume over Trump’s nominees to 9th Circuit

WSJ calls Feinstein and Harris "mudslingers" that smeared Kavanaugh

Kamal Harris during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

The following comes from a Jan. 31 story by Fox News.

California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris lashed out at the White House after President Trump, under pressure from conservative activists, re-nominated two conservative California judges to the 9th Circuit federal appeals court over their opposition.

“We are deeply disappointed that the White House has chosen to re-nominate Daniel Collins and Kenneth Lee to the 9th Circuit,” Feinstein and Harris said in a joint statement late Wednesday. “We made clear our opposition to these individuals and told the White House we wanted to work together to come to consensus on a new package of nominees.”

The White House announced the nomination of Collins and Lee, among other judicial designees. The nomination of Collins and Lee bypasses the traditional “blue-slip” process in which the senators of the home state of the nominee give their consent to the pick.

Collins and Lee were not initially nominated again, because of negotiations between the White House and Harris and Feinstein. They were first nominated in October.

Conservative activists protested those negotiations, though, as the Wall Street Journal editorial board drew attention to the situation and argued that both Feinstein and Harris “were two of the worst mudslingers on the Judiciary Committee that smeared Brett Kavanaugh.”

“Why on earth would the WH agree to tarnish its sterling legacy of circuit court judges & abandon the opportunity to improve the notorious 9th Cir to help Sens (and a would-be POTUS challenger) who are shafting him every chance they get?” tweeted Carrie Severino, the chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network.

The liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, with a sprawling purview encompassing nine Western states, has long been a thorn in the side of the Trump White House, with rulings against the travel ban and limits on funding to so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Ken Blackwell, the former Ohio secretary of state, said the White House’s failure to re-nominate the judges was “hugely demoralizing.”

“No deals with Senate liberals,” Blackwell wrote on Facebook.

Comments

  1. This cuts both ways. Someday, perhaps soon, a Dem President will appoint a ‘liberal’ judge despite a ‘blue slip’ from certain Senators. Breaking a tradition may come back to haunt.

    • A Dem President making a judicial appointment against the wishes of conservative senators? Someday? Talk about a tradition…what you are witnessing now is the “haunting” and Harris and Feinstein are feeling the payback, whining all the way….spare me!

  2. Give them hell, President. These Women are from the party of infanticide and euthanasia.

  3. Please. Islamaphobia has no place in our country, which guarantees freedom of religion regardless of what the religion is.

  4. St. Christopher says

    From what can be seen from the infanticide law in NY (and almost in VA), and their unbroken record of opposition to everything Republican Trump proposes for America, the Democrats have no interest in achieving any sort of “consensus.” Instead, they are seeking “judicial allies” to support their quest to remake America as a socialist, pagan nation. Many, many opinions of the 9th Circuit simply make no legal sense, yet serve blindingly as a reminder of the dangers of political judiciary. Remember, Catholic Readers, that the Nazis had many laws, courts, and judges, as did the Soviets.

  5. Magdalene P says

    I have an idea of what ‘consensus’ means for these demoncrats: it means doing things their way and nominating pro-death people.

  6. Lou Cumming says

    Wunderbar!!!!! Feinstein and Harris are an embarrassment to the citizens of their state. The former has padded her net worth during her 30 years in the Senate via her husband who was awarded very lucrative government contracts and Harris is just a raving libtard maniac who thrives on abortion, euthanasia, illegal aliens and reparations. Keep the sane judges coming, Mr. President!

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