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Mitch McConnell has a motto on judges for 2020: 'Leave no vacancy behind'

No signs of slowing down in changing the judicial landscape

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Since President Donald Trump took office in 2016, a major goal of his administration has been to alter the judicial landscape in America by appointing conservative judges to vacancies across all levels of the federal judiciary.

A key player in advancing this agenda has been Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who, as the leader of the chamber that confirms judicial appointments, wields significant power in moving the process along.

Speaking on-air with conservative radio host High Hewitt on Tuesday, McConnell resolved that his mission to fill judicial vacancies will continue through election year 2020 without wavering.

"My motto for the year is 'leave no vacancy behind,'" McConnell said. "That includes district courts as well. So, we're a long way from being finished with doing court confirmations this year."

The majority leader proudly touted the fact that, under his leadership, the Senate has "changed the 9th Circuit in a dramatic way ... it is no longer, you know, the far-left court that it used to be."

Hewitt agreed: "It used to be the land of no return ... now because of your judges, you actually get a fair shake."

McConnell has pursued his initiative of confirming the president's judicial appointments at every turn, rarely letting politics get in the way. Wasting no time in returning to this priority following the president's impeachment acquittal last Wednesday, McConnell immediately filed cloture to move forward with confirming five more federal judges.

Earlier this year, McConnell tweeted out the Trump administration and the Republican Senate's accomplishments, celebrating that they had confirmed 50 circuit judges — "the most in any president's whole first term since 1980."

President Trump quote-tweeted the post, adding that his administration is "in major record territory" with 187 federal judges in total and two appointments to the Supreme Court.

(H/T: The Washington Times)

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