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Hours After Ending Rigged Trial, McConnell Moves To Rig The Courts With Five Trump Judicial Nominees

Just hours after voting to acquit President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) teed up five judicial nominations for votes on the Senate floor.

The Senate is expected to take its first procedural vote on the slate Monday evening, when Republicans will need a simple majority to end the debate on Andrew Brasher’s nomination to be a judge on the Eleventh Circuit.

Once Brasher is confirmed, the Senate will turn to the nominations of Joshua Kindred, Matthew Schelp, Joshua Kness and Philip Halpern, all of whom have been picked to be U.S. district judges.

The Senate could easily fit all five nominations into its schedule for next week.

Under a rules change enacted last year, district court nominees only need an additional two hours of debate once they overcome an initial procedural hurdle.

The Senate has confirmed 187 judicial nominees for President Trump since he took office, including two Supreme Court picks.

If all five are confirmed, that would bring the total number of Trump judicial nominees confirmed since 2017 to 192.

McConnell got a shout out from Trump during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

“Working with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – thank you, Mitch – and his colleagues in the Senate, we have confirmed a record number of 187 new federal judges to uphold our Constitution as written,” Trump said during the speech.

The Kentucky Senator responded with a small wave from his seat in the audience.

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