Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been trying his best to slow down President Donald Trump.
Schumer has desperately tried to stop Trump’s agenda and his breakneck pace of reshaping the judiciary, but he has failed spectacularly.
The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of Trump’s 200th judicial nominee on Wednesday, a historical accomplishment that will have an impact for decades.
Judge Cory Wilson was confirmed by the Senate to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 52 to 48.
As noted by CBS News political correspondent Ed O’Keefe, this marks the first time in nearly 40 years that there are currently no circuit court vacancies anywhere.
NEW: Senate votes 52 to 48 to confirm Cory Wilson to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is the 200th Trump judicial nominee confirmed and means there are currently no circuit court vacancy anywhere for the first time in at least 40 years.
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) June 24, 2020
“When we depart this chamber today, there will not be a single circuit court vacancy anywhere in the nation for the first time in at least 40 years,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said ahead of the vote.
Last week, Judge Justin Walker, a rising star in the conservative judicial movement, was confirmed to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Walker’s confirmation put Trump one judge short of his 200th since he took office in 2017.
No president has confirmed that many judges in one term in 40 years.
“He’s sort of the classic case. They’ve designed their perfect judicial nominee: He’s young, white, male, and incredibly conservative, with a record of activism to back it up,” Chris Kang, co-founder of the liberal group Demand Justice, told NBC News of Walker. “This is all part of the broader Republican plan to take politically minded people and put them into judgeships, thereby making sure that the rulings that come out are going to be more political, more partisan, and less committed to the rule of law.”
Trump has lauded the speed with which his administration, backed by McConnell, has been able to nominate and confirm conservative justices, including two to the Supreme Court.
“My motto for the year is ‘Leave no vacancy behind,'” McConnell said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show in February. “That includes district courts as well. So, we’re a long way from being finished with doing court confirmations this year.”
On the circuit courts, Trump has appointed 52 judges during his first three and a half years in the White House.
By comparison, President Barack Obama appointed 55 during his two terms in office.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Wilson’s appointment “a historic milestone” for the Republican Party.
“We were only able to reach this historic achievement because of President Trump’s commitment to selecting strong, qualified, conservative judicial nominees,” Graham said in a statement. “Our work is not yet finished. Under my chairmanship, I will continue to confirm highly qualified, conservative judges at all levels of the federal courts.”
Trump’s judicial appointments also include two Supreme Court justices — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
And he may have the opportunity to replace at least one more justice if he secures a second term in office.
That’s certainly a historic accomplishment, and the Republican-controlled Senate is reshaping the federal courts across the country for decades to come.