How Trump is reshaping the courts

The Senate has confirmed 17 Trump nominees for federal district courts, most of whom replaced Democratic appointees.

Trump has also filled 16 vacancies on federal appeals courts (the last stop before the Supreme Court). Six of those appointees replaced judges who were nominated by Democratic presidents.

There are still 140 more vacancies in the federal district and appellate courts, and Trump has put forward nominees for about half of them.

There could soon be 100 judicial nominees pending in the Senate, according to the Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to Trump on judicial nominations.

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