The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed President Donald Trumps 200th judge on Wednesday, filling all vacancies on the appeals court.
Judge Cory Wilson of Mississippi was confirmed 52-48 to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“With todays confirmation, not a single circuit court vacancy exists anywhere in the nation for the first time in at least 40 years,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Trump and McConnell havent unified on some issues but since the early days of the administration, have worked together to nominate and confirm judges.
The president has appointed 53 appeals court judges, 143 district court judges, two U.S. Court of International Trade judges, and two justices to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, according to McConnells office.
The latter nomination became fraught when accusations of sexual harassment emerged but the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing that saw the main accusers account picked apart by an independent prosecutor and late support from Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), leading to Kavanaughs narrow confirmation.
After Democrats changed rules governing some nominees in 2013, McConnell in 2018 and 2019 extended the alteration to most judicial nominees, including ones made to the Supreme Court. That meant a simple majority vote was enough to approve of any nominee to the courts.
Speaking on the Senate floor before the vote for Wilsons nomination, McConnell said that once Wilson was confirmed, the Senate would have confRead More From Source