Biden’s Jekyll-and-Hyde Judicial Nominations

Source: The American Prospect
by Alexander Sammon

“Fixing the judiciary has been a top Biden administration priority. In just four years, President Trump jam-packed the federal bench with over 200 lifetime appointments, including 54 appellate judges, astonishing numbers for a one-term president that rival what Obama accomplished in two. The legacy of Trump’s presidency is assured based on those appointments alone. As early as December 2020, a month before Biden was sworn in, incoming White House legal counsel Dana Remus made it clear to Senate Democrats that rebalancing the courts would be an urgent concern. Importantly, Remus encouraged the appointment of civil rights attorneys and public defenders with ‘legal experiences [that] have been historically underrepresented on the federal bench,’ not simply the corporate hacks and BigLaw partners who had been favored in the Obama and Trump years.” (06/01/21)