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The Judicial Confirmation Process Is Being Distorted

By Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. | March 11, 2018, 6:16 PM EDT

After eight years of Republican obstruction of President Obama’s judicial nominees, culminating in the unprecedented decision to deny President Obama his opportunity to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy for a year, President Donald Trump entered office with 112 vacancies, compared to just 53 vacancies when President Obama entered office.

During President Trump’s first year in office, the White House coordinated with Senate Republicans to rush through large numbers of extremely conservative nominees to fill these vacancies, thereby changing the nature of the federal judiciary for...
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