Why it matters: It's the sixth Trump-appointed district judge the Senate has confirmed since Election Day, breaking with the body's tradition against approving nominees of a lame-duck president.
The vote comes despite Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) recent letter to Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asking that the body "cease to process judicial nominations" in light of President-elect Biden's victory.
- Even after losing the presidential election, Trump and Republicans have continued to reshape the judiciary at a blistering pace with a slew of young, conservative judges.
- The Senate had only once approved the nominee of a president who lost re-election since 1987, Brookings Institution fellow Russell Wheeler told Bloomberg Law.
- "[W]e’re going to run through the tape. We go through the end of the year, and so does the President," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt in October.
The U.S. Senate confirmed the lifetime federal judgeship of Kathryn Kimball Mizelle on Wednesday despite the fact that she has not tried a case—civil or criminal—as lead or co-counsel since passing the bar.
Mizelle, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer, will be one of the youngest federal judges in the nation at the age of 33. She was only admitted to the bar eight year ago.
After being nominated by President Donald Trump for a vacancy on the Tampa-based U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, every Republican member on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send her nomination to the full Senate.
I forgot to highlight the most ridiculous part of thisWhat the actual fork
Despite the shortage of space, the proposal adds that former presidents and vice presidents would also be allowed to buried at Arlington, regardless of whether not they have served in the military.
I'd prefer ashes in an urn and dropped at the bottom of some random lake.This forking guy!
The Defense Department has sought feedback on potential plans to restrict who could be buried at Arlington, saying that they were fast running out of space at the Washington, DC cemetery.www.dailymail.co.uk