Fight Trump's Judicial Nominations
The issue: Trump's stolen nomination of deeply conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, and Gorsuch's subsequent confirmation to the Supreme Court, was the beginning of our judiciary woes. While we've been battling on multiple fronts, Trump has been quietly, and quickly, reshaping the judiciary at multiple levels.
The details: According to a former White House aide to both Obama and Clinton, Trump had selected 27 lower-court judges by mid-July: three times more than Obama selected and double the number selected by Reagan, George H.W., and Clinton combined. Most of the federal vacancies are lifetime appointments and Trump's nominees are young: they'll influence the justice system for decades.
How it's happening and where you come in: Congressional Republicans are already attempting to clear the way to fast track these radical nominees, breaking with decades of rules and standards. Senate Republicans want to restrict the "blue slip" procedure which allows senators to oppose nominations in their states. The Judiciary Committee wants to exclude writings, public statements, and records of who the nominees have represented from consideration during their hearings. Even more disturbing, the White House has opted out of having the American Bar Association evaluate nominees.
1. CALL your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to use every tool at their disposal to slow down and oppose the judicial nomination and confirmation process.
USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
I'm calling to ask that Senators withhold blue slips for ALL of Trump's district and circuit court vacancies. If the nominee does make it to a hearing the Senator must insist that all writing, public statements, and client records are considered out in the open. I also ask that the Senator call out the White House for abandoning American Bar Association evaluations for nominees.