Dems offer Trump deal on judicial nominees

Democrats are attempting to broker a deal that will give them more influence in confirming judicial nominees. The two Democratic California Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, who are both on the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed Monday they have a proposal for President Donald Trump.

The senators have asked President Trump’s incoming White House Counsel Pat Cipollone to convince the president to confirm a handful of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals justices. The senators have offered to accept one of President Trump’s nominees, Judge James Rogan, in exchange for the president nominating Judge Lucy Koh, one of their choices.

If the president accepts this offer, Feinstein and Harris propose a new protocol for judicial nominations: they want each Party to select a nominee from the other’s list to ensure the political process does not cause unnecessary delays.

“While we continue to oppose the slate of nominees the White House put forward on October 10, we remain hopeful that you will work with us to reach a bipartisan agreement in a timely manner,” the two senators wrote to Cipollone.

The problem with the Democrats’ plan is that there is no incentive for President Trump and the Republicans to comply. President Trump remains the president and Republicans remain in control of the Senate. These are the only two necessary components to confirm justices to the federal bench.

Democrats should instead look to build coalitions with Republicans on issues where Republicans actually need Democratic support. The primary issues on Americans’ minds are health care and immigration. Republicans and Democrats need each other to address these important issues, and compromise will be necessary here. Democrats should focus their efforts of what they do have a say in, not what they don’t.



  1. Marietta says

    These Democrats have the nerve to propose to the President anything at all after their near character-assassination of Justice Kavanaugh.

    And the most disturbing of this current offer is this part: “If the president accepts this offer, Feinstein and Harris propose a new protocol for judicial nominations: they want each Party to select a nominee from the other’s list…”

    Are they crazy? They want Congress to take away the presidential privilege of nominating judges by splitting it between the parties? No way!

  2. eingriff says

    Their letter rates no response.

  3. Owen Grant says

    Sure, now that they don’t have a leg to stand on, they want to deal.

  4. Gary says

    Don’t think for a second that if the situation was reversed, that the Dem’s would agree to something like this if it was proposed by the Republicans, if the Dem’s had control of all of Congress and the W.House, they wouldn’t consider it for a nanosecond, hopefully Trump doesn’t fall for this

  5. Wheelerdude says

    Trump’s response should be: “I am the President. I choose who “I” want.”

  6. sk says

    shut down the 9th circuit court

  7. Jim Jewell says

    The President need not make a deal. President Trump needs a certain amount of votes in the Senate to confirm (51).. doesn’t need to make deals with traitors to the USA.

  8. Michael says

    “[The President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint…Judges of the Supreme Court.” -Article II, section 2, US Constitution.

  9. EP says

    Thank God for Trump … if wimpy Repubs like Jeb Bush or John Kasich were President, they would’ve always “played nice” and agree to anything the Dems want, which would be an American disaster. Finally, we have a President who stands firmly against the Dems and their Diversionary ploys.

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