California Democratic Party Senator Dianne Feinstein on Thursday called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to stop processing the judicial nominations during President Donald Trump’s term of office after the election.
Traditionally, the Senate Judiciary Committee interrupts the judicial nomination process between election day and inauguration day to allow the new president to appoint judges of her choice. Trump, however, has so far refused to acknowledge his loss of office to President-elect Joe Biden. In October, the majority leader of the Republican Senate majority, Mitch McConnell, hinted that the confirmation process would continue into the lame duck.
In her Thursday letter to House Committee on Justice Chair Lindsey Graham, Feinstein said that “the American people overwhelmingly rejected a second term of President Trump. Since it is expected that Biden will receive more than the number of votes needed for the presidency, “it is imperative that the Judiciary Committee stop processing judicial nominations and allow President-elect Biden to appoint judges after his inauguration on January 20, 2021,” Feinstein continued.
Washington Newsday approached Graham’s office for comment, but received no response prior to publication.
In an October interview with conservative radio personality Hugh Hewitt, McConnell said the nominations would continue until the end of the January 2021 session of Congress.
“We will go over the tape,” McConnell said. “We’ll go over the tape at the end of the year, and so will the President. We will fill the 7th district. And I hope we have time to fill the 1st constituency as well.”
McConnell and Graham worked at the top of the October confirmation
Judge Amy Coney Barrett as third trump card candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court. Barrett, who has expressed life-affirming views in the past, prompted many Democrats, including Feinstein, to express concerns that she would lobby for the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act. In an October statement, Feinstein said that Barrett’s nomination process would be “at breakneck speed.
Some Democrats hinted that the number of Supreme Court judges should be increased to put more liberal judges on the bench. Biden said in October that while he is not a fan of increasing the number of Supreme Court judges, he is open to considering recommendations for reforming the judicial system.
Although some Republicans congratulated Biden on his planned victory, Graham Trump’s unfounded allegations of widespread election rigging by the Democratic Party were supported. In November, the senator from South Carolina promised to send $500,000 to Trump’s defense team to prove Trump’s allegations of fraud.