Senate Judiciary Committee approves 17 Trump judicial nomination
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Senate Judiciary Committee approves 17 Trump judicial nomination

February 2, 2020


Senate Judiciary Committee approves 17 Trump
judicial nominations The Senate Judiciary Committee approved 17
of President Trump�s judicial nominations Thursday, including two who received �not
qualified� ratings from the American Bar Association and one who was opposed by the
Congressional Black Caucus. The committee approved the nominations of
three U.S. circuit court judges � Elizabeth Branch to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals,
Kyle Duncan to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and David Stras to the 8th Circuit Court of
Appeals � and 14 U.S. district court judges. Eight of the nominations were voted out of
the committee along party lines. One, Stan Baker for U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of Georgia, was approved by voice vote. Several of the nominations for district court
judges were voted out of the committee last year, but were not voted on by the full Senate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is one
of the most talked-about potential Democratic candidates for the White House in 2020. But she has also turned into a thorn in the
side of the Department of Justice as she holds up one of DOJ�s highest-profile postings. The junior senator from New York plans to
use her �blue-slip prerogative� to block the confirmation of Geoffrey S. Berman, if
he is nominated by President Trump to be the United States attorney for the Southern District
of New York, Gillibrand spokesman Glen Caplin told Fox News. Berman, 58, a former prosecutor in the office,
has been appointed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions as the interim U.S. attorney for
the Southern District of New York. The posting has jurisdiction over all businesses
in Manhattan, including those of Trump and his family. Gillibrand doesn�t have an issue with Berman�s
qualifications. Her objection lies with the man who nominated
him and reports that Berman personally met with the president as part of the selection
process. �This is about President Trump,� Caplin
said. �Senator Gillibrand believes U.S. attorneys
work for the people they serve and must be independent from the White House.�

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