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McConnell Confirms He Will Continue to Fill Court Vacancies This Year – Including on the SCOTUS If Necessary


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If Democrats thought that Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was going to stop filling judicial vacancies in the middle of the government’s efforts to combat the Wuhan coronavirus, they were sadly mistaken.


In an interview he did with the Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim this week, McConnell confirmed the Senate was on track to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit:

“I think you cannot credibly argue that Justin Walker is not a judicial all-star,” McConnell said in an interview with The Washington Post in advance of the announcement Friday, ticking off his academic and legal credentials.

Chief among them are Walker’s clerkships with former Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Kavanaugh during his tenure on the D.C. Circuit. Both Kennedy and Kavanaugh privately recommended Walker for the D.C. Circuit vacancy in conversations with Trump, according to a person familiar with the calls who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely.:snip:

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It wasn't That Long Ago when for *many on the Right Mitch McConnell  was the embodiment of all that was wrong with the conservative movement.


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