Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has fired back after Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) demanded that there be no more hearings for President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees.
Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent Graham a letter on Thursday demanding that he stop conducting hearings on Trump’s judicial nominees in order to allow Joe Biden, who the media has declared to be the winner of the election, fill the court vacancies instead.
“Now that the 2020 election has concluded, it is clear that the American people have overwhelmingly rejected a second term for President Trump. President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris are already implementing their transition plan,” Feinstein said. “In light of that, it is imperative that the Judiciary Committee cease to process judicial nominations and allow President-Elect Biden the opportunity to appoint judges following his inauguration on January 20, 2021.”
— Megan Mineiro (@MMineiro_CNS) November 12, 2020
Graham has since responded with a resounding “no,” according to reporter Sam Brodey.
“The Senate Judiciary Committee will continue to process judges nominated by President Trump. We have confirmed over 220 and look forward to confirming even more,” Graham said.
Update here—comment from Sen. Graham's spox on the Feinstein letter:
"The Senate Judiciary Committee will continue to process judges nominated by President Trump. We have confirmed over 220 and look forward to confirming even more." https://t.co/KQIMFrUpBS
— Sam Brodey (@sambrodey) November 13, 2020
During his presidency, Trump has added three Supreme Court justices to the highest court in the land. He has also added an impressive 53 judges to U.S. federal appeals courts and 164 judges to federal district courts, according to The Blaze.
An additional 31 of Trump’s federal district nominees are awaiting confirmation at this time, and another two of Trump’s appeals court judges are currently awaiting confirmation. It is for this reason that analysts have predicted that as much as $1 billion could be spent on Georgia’s two runoff elections for their U.S. Senate seats, since control of the Senate hinges on these two races alone.
Republicans, who have held the majority in the Senate since 2014, have control of fifty seats at this time. If they were to lose both Georgia races, Democrats would have effective control of the Senate if Kamala Harris does indeed become vice president, as she would serve as the Senate’s tie-breaking vote.
However, if Republicans manage to win both races in Georgia, they will keep control of the Senate and stop Democrats from pushing their radical agenda under a potential Biden presidency. This would only then cement Trump’s legacy in the judiciary.