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Besides the Supreme Court, Trump has 117 federal court vacancies to fill

(NationalSentinel) In addition to filling the current vacancy on the nation’s highest court, the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump also has an opportunity to bring constitutionalism back to the Judicial Branch in general.

As reported by The Daily Caller, there are currently 117 vacancies in the federal court system, giving Trump the chance to rebalance the court with judges that have much more respect for the rule of law than, say, a certain federal judge in Washington state who thinks he has the authority to make national security policy

The DC noted:

On Jan. 31, Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. While this was certainly an important seat to fill, more than 13 percent of all lifetime judiciary positions remain vacant.

The U.S. Court of Appeals currently has 18 vacancies, the District courts have 91, the Court of International Trade has 2 vacant seats, and the Court of Federal Claims has 6. Many of these picks would have the potential to change the balance of several U.S. courts.

The U.S. Senate has yet to hold a vote on Gorsuch.

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As it stands, less than half of the judges on federal circuit appeals courts were appointed by a Republican president; on federal courts generally, the figure is around 35 percent. That helps explain why much of what passes for federal court rulings are nothing more than Left-wing judicial activism, as was the case when U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle banned the Trump administration from enforcing the president’s executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven previously identified failing or failed countries that harbor terrorists.

And the 3-0 appeals court ruling upholding Robart’s ruling. The Constitution, statutory law and precedence all make it clear that presidents, not activist federal courts, have the authority to make national security policy. It is an outrage that a federal is not only interfering in this process, but reserving the right unto itself to overrule the president.

Trump can help rebuild the constitutional construct of the Judicial Branch over the next four-to-eight years with the appointment of men and women who view the it in the way the founders did: A body that interprets the law and ensures it complies with the Constitution, not one that makes law or ignores/defies currently law based because the judge disagrees with it ideologically.


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