AFJ GEARS UP TO SCRUTINIZE TRUMP JUDGE PICKS: “Americans are waking up to the threats of a bone-rattling new reality coming their way, very soon. We invite them to join us as we get ready to oppose with every fiber of our being any attempt to pack our federal courts with men and women who refuse to believe that the law and Constitution protect all of us, regardless of wealth, race, gender, gender identity, religion, age or politics,” Nan Aron, president of our sister organization Alliance for Justice, wrote in Huffington Post.
“Here’s a notice: We are mad, we are fired up, and we’re not moving to Canada. Instead we’re going to pull out every stop we can to preserve courts that people trust and to avoid revisiting an era of darkness in America.” Aron’s commentary addressed the kinds of judges expected under a President Donald Trump.
SEN. FEINSTEIN TAKES A STAND: Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California will become ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, leading Democrats as they “take on” Trump’s Supreme Court nominees, The Washington Post reported. “When President-elect Trump is willing to support responsible policies and nominees, I’ll hear him out, but this committee has a vital role to protect the Constitution and scrutinize policies, senior officials and judges very carefully, and that’s what we intend to do,” Feinstein said. “We simply won’t stand aside and watch the tremendous successes achieved over the past eight years be swept away or allow our nation’s most vulnerable populations to be targeted.”
Feinstein “has developed deep relationships with senators, both Democrats and Republicans,” AFJ’s Aron told McClatchy. Aron added, “If anyone can reach across the aisle to some of the more conservative Republicans, I think it’s Dianne Feinstein.”
According to Politico, Trump “is ‘committed’ to only nominating a Supreme Court justice from his previously disclosed list of potential additions to the high court, his campaign manager said Wednesday.” Regarding Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, “Democrats’ new Senate leader open to filibustering Trump’s Supreme Court picks,” The Washington Times said, while New York Magazine noted about Sens. Orrin Hatch and Lindsey Graham, “Two Senior Republican Senators Say the Filibuster Must Stay.”
The Associated Press reported, “9 Trump Supreme Court prospects at conservative legal parley” convened by the Federalist Society. The article quoted Aron as saying the group “promotes a way of looking at the law which upholds the rights of the powerful and the wealthy.” Aron said it is “regrettable that so many nominees on Trump’s list are going to attend Federalist Society events.”
JUDGE MERRICK GARLAND: Advocacy of a possible recess appointment of Judge Garland, or the Senate’s finally taking up his nomination to the high court, came in various opinions at The New Republic, USA Today, and Huffington Post.