In a speech to the University of Virginia School of Law on Thursday, Reeves criticized Trump’s aggressive responses to his administration’s losses in court and the lack of diversity in his judicial appointments — an extremely rare rebuke from a sitting federal judge.
Justice Neil Gorsuch has delivered almost precisely what conservatives were hoping for over his two years on the U.S. Supreme Court, even though his principles occasionally take him in other directions.
The poster child for why McConnell orchestrated the rules change is Patrick Wyrick, 38, a District Court nominee from Oklahoma who was on one of the lists President Trump circulated to conservatives of potential Supreme Court nominees, and who is Scott Pruitt’s protégé.
Wyrick, who has spent most of his career in government, was a top assistant to former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and helped lead the unit of lawyers that challenged Obama-era laws and regulations.
The Republican strategy for the next year and a half is quickly becoming clear. One, do everything they can to slow down the release of any information pertaining to Trump’s corruption and possible crimes. Two, fast track the right wing agenda by moving even faster to install Trump nominees into powerful positions, with the main priority being to pack the federal courts with right wing hacks at a dizzying rate.
Despite pleas from civil rights groups, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked the “nuclear option” on Wednesday, allowing a simple majority of Republicans to reduce debate on dozens of presidential nominees from up to 30 hours to only two.
As Senate Republicans rammed through a rules change enabling faster approval of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, two advocacy groups released reports on Wednesday showing the far-reaching and long-lasting damage his confirmed federal judges have already inflicted on the nation.