Democrats thought they could count on one secret weapon to stop Donald Trump’s agenda.
But not anymore.
That’s because Chuck Schumer just had the rug yanked out from under him by this massive defeat.
The U.S. Senate has approved Trump nominee Eric Miller to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 53-46 party-line vote.
Four of Trump’s judicial nominees have now been confirmed this year, with six total since last fall.
And for the first time in more than 30 years, Republican-appointed judges will sit in almost half the seats on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
This deals a huge setback to the liberal legal advocates who have long viewed the 9th Circuit Court a safe bet for favorable rulings on everything from gun control to carrying Big Labor’s water.
This transformation of the San Francisco-based court is the result of Donald Trump’s aggressive push to nominate conservative judges and take the necessary measures to get them confirmed.
What has Chuck Schumer furious is that Trump is bypassing the “traditional consultations” of judicial appointees with Senate Democrats.
Trump’s actions have led to repeated screeching and squawking from California Democrat Senators Kamala Harris and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein.
After Trump’s latest picks are confirmed and remaining vacancies are filled, 13 of the 29 seats on the 9th Circuit will be filled with judges picked by Republican Presidents.
Compare that to last year when only 6 judges were Republican-appointed, and 16 Democrat-appointed.
While there is no assurance a more Republican leaning court will vote more conservative, it is likely that some of the more horrendous cases to come out of the 9th Circuit will be a thing of the past.
Cases brought before the circuit appeals courts are usually heard by a randomly selected three-judge panel chosen out of all the active judges seated on the circuit.
In some cases, the entire circuit can choose to hear a case “en banc”—where another randomly chosen 11-member panel will review the three-judge panel’s decision.
In both of these scenarios, Republican-appointed judges will now have a higher-than-ever chance to be the majority on these historically liberal panels.
Some of the more prominent cases to be heard by the 9th Circuit will involve travel bans and asylum laws.
That’s good news for Republicans, conservatives, libertarians and the Trump White House—all of whom know that the 9th Circuit has stood in the way of Trump’s agenda with worthless injunctions, all overturned by the Supreme Court.
With the Senate taking action on the “nuclear option” to speed up the process for confirmation, it is likely the 9th Circuit will seat a Republican majority before the year is out.
We will keep you updated on this story as it develops.