Feinstein fumes as Trump administration pushes forward with 9th Circuit nominees without consulting her

Why would Trump co operate with Lady Di after her performance during the SCOTUS nomination???

The Senate is poised this week to consider two more conservative nominees selected by President Trump to sit on the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals– and the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee isn’t happy about it.

That’s because the nominees, Ken Lee and Dan Collins, were picked without any input from either Dianne Feinstein or Kamala Harris, California’s two Democrat senators. Traditionally, the White House seeks 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 the Trump administration, which has successfully nominated several conservative judgesto the 9th Circuit already, has pointedly disregarded that process as it continues its push to transform the appellate court that the president repeatedly has derided as hopelessly biased and “disgraceful.”

“I take it that without notice or discussion, the blue slip is essentially dead,” Feinstein, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, 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.”

But “since President Trump took office,” Feinstein charged, “Republicans have held hearings for 12 circuit court nominees and voted to confirm seven – seven – over the objection of home-state Democrats.”


Among those nominees was Seattle attorney Eric Miller, who was confirmed to the 9th Circuit in February by a vote of 53-46. Progressives fiercely attacked Miller as a corporate lawyer and Federalist Society member whose career supposedly had been hostile to Native American rights.

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.”

In January, Feinstein and Harris lashed out at the White House with a similar statement: “We are deeply disappointed that the White House has chosen to re-nominate Daniel Collins and Kenneth Lee to the 9th Circuit. We made clear our opposition to these individuals and told the White House we wanted to work together to come to consensus on a new package of nominees.”

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Trump slams ‘out of control’ Ninth Circuit

Speaking to reporters in Mar-a-Lago, President Trump laments ‘terrible decisions from the Ninth Circuit,’ suggests Congress gets involved.

With a sprawling purview representing nine Western states, the 9th Circuit has long been a thorn in the side of the Trump White House, with rulings against his travel ban policy and limits on funding to “sanctuary cities.”

Just weeks ago, the 9th Circuit broke ranks with another federal appellate court and ruled that a Sri Lankan man who failed his initial asylum screening had the constitutional right to go before a judge – threatening to clog the immigration court system further with tens of thousands of similar claims per year and setting up an all-but-certain Supreme Court showdown.


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Why does she think she needs to be consulted? Its the presidents prerogative who he appoints. I think Feinstein should shut her pie hole if she knows what is good for her, as she can easily be looked at as someone who was selling the Chinese state secrets throughout her tenure.


Because they want a say to ensure the 9th circuit remains a progressive/activist court.

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Whoooeeee. I sure does. Now reap what you’ve sown. Don’t forget to smile!

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She wasn’t so cooperative during the SCOTUS hearings not doing the recent shutdown.

I was thinking the same thing about the Kavanaugh hearings. She perpetuated the entire hoax by bringing forth a fake witness who essentially lied to everyone. They should be in jail, and Feinstein should be forced to be under investigation for her little stunt! Feinstein has a lot of nerve in raising this issue with the 9th circuit appointees and has no ground to stand on.


She is an example of why term limits are needed! Her stupidity is off the map! What did she expect what would happen after the stunt she pulled at the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings? She basically burnt her own bridge on getting anything favorable for her side basically rendering her a lame duck! I am surprised she won re-election! Her constituents are just as stupid!

I think if I were in Trump’s shoes, and after having gone through the outrageous confirmation hearings, I would hold a grudge too, and I certainly wouldn’t forget! So “F” her and the horse she rode in on! Any mentioning of her makes my blood boil! I would love to tar and feather her in the public square, and give the equal treatment of shaving her head for sleeping with the communists! She is a traitor through and through!

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Because it’s the way it’s worked for decades, regardless of party.

Just means that a Democratic President will respond in kind and the norm is gone. No more consulting Senators.

Just fucking go away!


Why are you commenting on our politics? You are not American nor live here, so what is your problem asshat?

I like trainwrecks, it’s a personality flaw.

Well obviously its pretty retarded of you to do so, because you have no idea what the fuck you are talking about. Obama set the precedent!

Lol, no.

McConnell and Grassley decided that two state Senators no longer needed to assent to the committee for the hearings to proceed.

During Obama’s tenure, Republicans routinely used blue slips to block his nominees. No hearing or vote was held for Obamas judges unless both Senators returned their blue slips.

It’s fine though it’s just a norm. But don’t complain when the shoe is on the other foot if you’re celebrating now.


Again you have no idea what the fuck your talking about! Worry about your own country’s political system, you are embarrassing yourself here!


Name a single Obama judge that was confirmed without the blue slips from the home Senators.

I’ll wait.

Feinstein can get happy in the same pants she got mad in or mess her pants with the continued tantrum.

The administration is not required to get her approval.

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For those curious:

"The Obama Presidency
During the Obama presidency, the policy of both Senator Patrick Leahy (chairman of the
Judiciary Committee from 2009-2014)17 and Senator Chuck Grassley (chairman from 2015-
2016) was to preclude consideration of a U.S. circuit or district court nomination by the
committee if the nomination did not receive two positive blue slips from the nominee’s home
state Senators.
This eight-year period encompassed both unified party control (i.e., when Democrats controlled
the presidency and held the majority in the Senate from 2009 through 2014) and divided party
control (i.e., when Republicans held the majority in the Senate, from 2015 through 2016, during
the final two years of the Obama presidency).
From 2009 through 2014, the period of unified party control, there are 11 known nominees for
whom a home state Senator either returned a negative blue slip or withheld a blue slip (thereby
stopping committee consideration of the nomination). Additionally, from 2015 through 2016,
the period of divided party control, there are 9 known nominees for whom a home state Senator
either returned a negative blue slip or withheld a blue slip (similarly stopping committee
consideration of the nomination).

Of the 20 known nominees during the Obama presidency who experienced blue slip issues, 2
were ultimately confirmed after home state Senators withdrew their opposition to the
nominations. The remaining 18 nominees with blue slip issues, representing 4.6% of all
individuals nominated by President Obama for either a U.S. circuit or district court judgeship
from 2009 through 2016, were subsequently returned to the President (i.e., not confirmed)."

Sorry I don’t need to have this conversation with idiots like you who aren’t even American citizens! Your invested interest in this subject matter is what again?

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