Senate Republicans are moving forward with efforts to confirm now-Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s replacement on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals — and Democrats aren’t happy about it.
Barrett served on the 7th Circuit for three years after being appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017. Earlier this year, the president nominated Barrett to fill the vacancy left by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September at the age of 87, according to The Guardian.
Now, Fox News reports the Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to move forward with a nominee to fill the spot once held by Barrett on the 7th Circuit: Thomas L. Kirsch II.
Despite opposition from Democrats, Kirsch’s nomination will move to a floor vote in the upper chamber, according to Fox.
Dems push back
It seems Republicans in the Senate are eager to fill Barrett’s old seat before the end of the current congressional term. The GOP apparently isn’t willing to count on holding the majority in the Senate after a pair of runoff races in Georgia that will decide control of the upper chamber.
Those will come on Jan. 5, according to USA Today, and in the meantime, Republicans are moving full steam ahead on President Trump’s judicial nominees, much to Dems’ dismay.
According to Fox, Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin (IL) slammed Senate Republicans Thursday for “planning to push through a circuit court nominee in January in a few days before a new president takes office.”
“I know the man. He is a qualified person,” Durbin said of Kirsch. “But it is such an extraordinary process that is being followed that many of us are constrained to vote against his nomination.”
“An outstanding pick”
Of course, it’s hard to be surprised that Dems are more interested in playing political games than confirming a judiciary nominee who even Durbin would admit is “qualified” for the job. President Trump has secured confirmations for more than 100 federal judges over the last four years, and a green light from Senate Republicans on Kirsch suggests Trump isn’t done yet.
“Thomas Kirsch, who will fill Justice Barrett’s seat on the 7th Circuit, is a Harvard Law graduate and the current U.S. attorney for Northern Indiana — who previously served as a former law partner, federal prosecutor and law clerk,” Mike Davis, the president of the Article III Project, told Fox. “Mike Kirsch is an outstanding pick and will become President Trump’s 54th pick to the critically important federal courts of appeals, the last stop for more than 99% of federal appeals.”
With Kirsch on the way to confirmation, it’s becoming even clearer that President Trump’s legacy won’t be cemented by a wall on the southern border, nor by the peace deals he helped orchestrate in the Middle East.
Instead, the Trump legacy will instead be cemented in the judiciary, which he has transformed from a weapon of the left into a bulwark against the corrosion of our rights — just as it always should have been.