Schumer Statement on President Trump’s 1st Slate of Lower Court Nominees

May 8, 2017

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the below statement after President Trump revealed his first slate of judicial nominees:

“With this first slate of lower court nominees, it seems that the President is intent on continuing to outsource the judicial selection process to hard right, special interest groups rather than consulting with Senators on a bipartisan basis. Just as he did with the Supreme Court vacancy, the President is taking the Senate’s advice and consent role in judicial nominees and handing it over to the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society.

“Instead of allowing these groups to single-handedly pick judges that will tilt the lower courts to the hard right for a generation, the President should work with members of both parties to pick judges from within the judicial mainstream, who will interpret the law rather than make it.”