Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges

President Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges as of Thursday, a milestone cheered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFormer AG Sessions enters Alabama Senate race Kentucky sports radio host Matt Jones, potential McConnell challenger, taken off air following GOP complaint Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges MORE (R-Ky.), who has often touted the rate of Trump’s judicial appointments.

That’s 45 new lifetime appellate judges committed to the key principle that judges should apply our laws and the Constitution as they are actually written, not as the judge might personally wish they’d been written.

— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) November 7, 2019

Senate Republicans had previously broken the record for the number of appeals court judges confirmed during a president’s first two years in September 2018, after Trump’s 23rd circuit court judge was confirmed. 

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Trump announced during a celebration at the White House on Wednesday that he has appointed more than 150 federal judges, adding that he expects that to be closer to about 182 in a couple of months.

“In terms of I’d like to say quality and quantity we are going to be just about number one by the time we’re finished,” Trump said at the event. 

Senate Republicans joined in celebrating the appointment of the conservative judges.

“Few legacies will be longer lasting than this judicial one. These new judges are principled constitutionalists who have demonstrated excellence and professionalism throughout their legal careers,” Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges On The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war Retirement bill blocked in Senate amid fight over amendments MORE (R-Texas) wrote in an op-ed published by Fox News on Wednesday. 

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseTrump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges Senators press NSA official over shuttered phone surveillance program Graham: Trump’s ATF nominee ‘very problematic’ MORE (R-Neb.) said “the President invited me to this celebration for a simple reason: On the Judiciary Committee we chew bubblegum and confirm great judges — and we’re all out of bubblegum.” 

But critics and liberal groups rebuked Trump’s appointments and have blamed the large number of Trump appointed judges on McConnell’s running of the Senate. 

“These judges are a way of advancing conservative political goals that cannot be achieved through the proper means,” Sam Berger vice president of Democracy and Government Reform for the left-leaning Center for American Progress told ABC News Channel 12.  

“Under Obama, they prevented him from appointing judges and when Trump became president they changed the rules so they could rush through a number of ideological and in many cases unqualified judges to the bench,” Berger added. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTop Senate Dem: Officials timed immigration policy around 2020 election Senate fight derails bipartisan drug pricing bills Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges MORE (D-N.Y.) also decried the GOP’s appointees. 

“As a senator, I have now worked with four separate administrations, Democrat and Republican, on the appointment of federal judges,” Schumer told The New York Times. “I can say with perfect confidence that over the last three years, President Trump has nominated — and Senate Republicans have approved — the most unqualified and radical nominees in my time in this body.”

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