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“Judicial Capture”

Published on May 29th, 2020

Yesterday, Senate Democrats released a report disclosing how Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have packed the federal courts designed to rewrite federal law “to favor the rich and powerful.” Funded by millions of dollars of “dark money” contributions, they are “rolling back the clock on civil rights, consumer protections, and the rights of ordinary Americans, reliably putting a thumb on the scale in favor of corporate and Republican political interests.”

The report explains that the House has passed more than 350 bills this session, nearly 90% of which are bi-partisan and popular, but that McConnell has refused to take them up and allow a vote, focusing only on judicial confirmations.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) even told judges over 65 that they should retire to make sure Trump could fill their seats. “This is an historic opportunity. We’ve put over 200 federal judges on the bench. I think 1 in 5 federal judges are Trump appointees. … So if you’re a circuit judge in your mid-60s, late 60s, you can take senior status; now would be a good time to do that if you want to make sure the judiciary is right of center. This is a good time to do it,” Graham added.

Of course, judges are not political and should not be appointed based on any ideology.  A point that a lawyer (Lindsey Graham) should know and embrace.

 

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