Mary Margaret Olohan |Social Issues Reporter
The United States Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s 200th judicial appointee to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday.
Judge Cory Wilson, a conservative judge who currently serves on the Mississippi Court of Appeals, is the 200th judge Trump has nominated and Senate has confirmed to fill court vacancies since he became president, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
“Following Number 200, when we depart this chamber today, there will not be a single circuit court vacancy anywhere in the nation for the first time in at least 40 years,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday, according to the Times. “It’s a victory for the rule of law and for the Constitution itself.”
The president has now appointed the highest number of judges in a president’s first time since President Jimmy Carter, according to Republican Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, who lauded the appointment as “a historic moment for this body and for the administration.”
“The seat we are voting to fill is actually the last remaining circuit court vacancy at this time, reflecting the remarkable progress we have made in rebuilding the federal judiciary,” Wicker added.
Democrats in the Senate opposed Wilson’s nomination, citing objections such as his voting record.
“Judge Wilson has been an ardent supporter of restrictive voting measures, including voter ID laws, that disproportionately harm minority voters, and he has shown a pattern of dismissing legitimate concerns from voting rights groups,” Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Dianne Feinstein of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, wrote to McConnell, the Times reports.
They continued: “Appointing someone to the Fifth Circuit who refers to the concerns of African-American citizens and community advocates regarding the effects of voter ID laws as ‘poppycock’ is a slap in the face to black Americans at a time when our country is working to take steps forward on racial justice, not backwards.”
“President Trump, Leader McConnell, and Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham have delivered an historic victory with the confirmation of 200 judges in the president’s first term, and with all appellate-level vacancies now filled,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser in a statement provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “We congratulate Judge Cory Wilson, whose impressive credentials leave no doubt that he will serve justly with great expertise on the 5th Circuit.”
The Senate on June 18 confirmed Trump nominee Judge Justin Walker to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Walker’s nomination was met with opposition from Democratic politicians who criticized the newly appointed district judge for his past comments on a Supreme Court ruling upholding ObamaCare, according to Bloomberg Law.
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