Traditionally, before Donald Trump became the President of the United States, the White House used to obtain a so-called “blue slip,” or approval, from a judicial nominee’s two home-state senators before pressing on with their nominations.
But not this President, he was not elected to follow the tradition. He is there to drain the swamp.
Thanks to this White House, two more nominees, Ken Lee and Dan Collins, are going to be consider next week to sit on the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump administration, has successfully nominated several conservative judges to the 9th Circuit already pushing ahead to transform the appellate court that the president repeatedly has derided as hopelessly biased and “disgraceful.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein or Sen. Kamala Harris, two California Democrats in the Senate Judicial committee are not happy.
“I take it that without notice or discussion, the blue slip is essentially dead,” Feinstein said in televised remarks on Thursday. “This change in practice not only harms the Senate, it harms the federal judiciary. And I wish we could’ve had an opportunity to discuss it. I really believe it’s a mistake.”
Feinstein went on: “Before President Trump took office, the blue slip had been a Senate practice for nearly one century. And during the past 100 years, before this presidency, the Senate confirmed only five judges with only one blue slip, and the last one was in 1989 – and in 100 years the Senate had never confirmed a judge without two blue slips.”
Feinstein continued: “There is no justification for disregarding Democratic blue slips. Democratic senators have made and continue to make good faith efforts to find consensus picks for the circuit courts.
“As Senator Harris and I have made clear, we’ve been willing to work from the start with this president to choose consensus, mainstream nominees to the 9th Circuit,” Feinstein added. “One of the things I’ve learned is: what goes around, comes around. I had hoped that we would be able to work in a very cooperative way.”