Ingraham: GOP Must Break With Tradition to Remake 'Out-of-Control' 9th Circuit Court
Says court acts as extension of 'anti-Trump resistance.'
The notoriously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could be remade if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) breaks with longstanding Senate tradition, Laura Ingraham said Thursday.
She said McConnell deserves significant praise for the confirmations of 26 new federal court judges and 24 appeals court justices nominated by President Trump. But some conservatives are frustrated by the San Francisco-based appeals court not getting the same makeover.
The court still has seven vacancies, though Trump got one nominee through from Hawaii and another from Idaho.
Three vacancies remain in California, with no one nominated, due to the Senate Judiciary Committee tradition in which a home-state senator is afforded the opportunity to block a nominee by refusing to return a "blue slip." California's Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris would likely oppose those nominations.
Ingraham said the 9th circuit is "completely out of control," ruling against Trump's travel ban and in favor of sanctuary cities, often acting essentially as an "extension of the anti-Trump resistance."
"We're past the point of worrying about Senate traditions," she said, acknowledging such a move would pave the way for Democrats to do the same when their party is in the White House.
Even if every vacancy is filled with a conservative, Democrat-appointed judges would still be the majority on the court. But Ingraham said that would still provide a better chance at balanced rulings in any 9th Circuit three-judge panel.
"That wouldn't just be better for the president and his agenda. It would be better for the rule of law, the Constitution and the country," she concluded.
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