9th Circ. Pick Forces Grassley To Choose: Trump Or Tradition?

By Jimmy Hoover and Michael Macagnone (March 29, 2018, 3:43 PM EDT) -- Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has so far proved a crucial ally in President Donald Trump's historic push to reshape the federal bench. But Trump's nomination of conservative Oregon prosecutor Ryan Bounds to the Ninth Circuit could test how far the Iowa senator is willing to go in stretching confirmation norms, with the pick opposed by both homestate senators.

Grassley has been willing to push the boundaries of Senate traditions to help Trump confirm judicial nominees at a breakneck pace — Democrats have complained he's run roughshod over chamber rules meant to give homestate senators a voice in selecting federal judges...

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