Top Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee will pump the breaks to President Biden’s spree of federal judicial appointments should they retake the majority in 2022, several told The Post.
“If Republicans take back the Senate, I’ll continue that fight to prevent activists from being confirmed while pursuing Constitutionalists for the bench,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told The Post Friday, accusing Biden of nominating “radicals” to the federal judiciary.
Reps for Sen. Chuck Grassley, an 87-year-old Iowa warhorse who would likely become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee if Republicans regained the Senate, said he too would be keen to slow things down.
“Chairman Grassley would certainly give these radical nominees more careful scrutiny than they are receiving right now,” a spokesman for his office said.
Since taking office, Joe Biden has confirmed eight judges to the federal bench, the most during a six month period since any president in 50 years. At this same point in his tenure, President Trump has appointed just four such judges. President Obama has appointed none.
Biden’s most recent judicial appointment, Tiffany Cunningham, was approved by the Senate to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit this week.
Cunningham is the first black judge to sit on the court, and Biden’s White House has made a point of trying to diversify the federal bench
Republicans said Biden will likely not catch up to Trump’s overall number of appointments during his four-year term.
“Trump appointed a quarter of the federal judiciary,” Mike Davis, a former Chief Counsel for Nominations to Sen. Grassley told The Post. “It would be very hard for Biden to catch that number just because there were so many vacancies that Obama didn’t fill.”