The New York Times reported on Monday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been urging conservative judges who are eligible for retirement to retire so he can get as many Trump-nominated judges in before the 2020 elections.
The Times reports that McConnell and his allies “have been quietly making overtures to sitting Republican-nominated judges who are eligible to retire to urge them to step aside so they can be replaced while the party still holds the Senate and the White House.”
McConnell’s push for judicial retirements comes at a time when the GOP has been “running out of federal court vacancies to fill,” as they’ve spent the past three years ramming through right-wing judges to the courts.
“The overt effort by Republicans to create vacancies reflects a realization that Mr. Trump could lose the presidency, or that Republicans could lose the Senate majority and deprive Mr. Trump of his partner on judicial confirmations even if he did gain a second term,” the Times reports.
You can read the full report HERE.