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White House Vs. Democrats In Tense Standoff Over Judge Picks
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12 Aug 2017 04:50 AM EST

Trump’s judicial nominees are ignoring key Senate Democrats as they vie for lifetime appointments to the bench — a break from longstanding practice that diminishes the minority’s power to provide a check against ideologically extreme judges. The brewing tension between the White House and the Senate over filling an unusually high number of judicial vacancies is impeding the pace at which Trump installs lifetime appointees to the federal bench — so far one of the president’s few major victories, with his legislative agenda largely stymied in Congress. Democratic senators and aides argue that consultation over court nominees — generally a bipartisan custom — has been minimal under Trump, at best. The fights are largely over process, not a nominee’s merits. But they come at a time when conservatives are pushing Senate Republicans to break with courtesy that gives deference to home-state senators on judicial nominees — a move that would upend yet another longstanding tradition in the chamber.

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