Trump To Fill Over 100 Vacancies in Federal Courts
Soon to be inaugurated as the 45th President-elect of the United States, Donald J. Trump is set to inherit over 100 vacancies in federal court, an opportunity some are saying can reshape the judiciary of the United States. The amount to be exact is 103 vacancies, a number almost twice the amount of his predecessor Barack Obama (54 total) inherited after two Bush terms.
Trump has an unprecedented opportunity with these nominees to make life-time appointees to the federal and district courts that will help cement his policies on issues like the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, abortion restrictions and immigration issues, all things he campaigned heavily around.
When Republicans gained control of the Senate in 2015, the Washington Post reports, "Obama White House officials blame Senate Republicans for what they characterize as an unprecedented level of obstruction in blocking the Democratic president’s court picks."