The Senate on Thursday was filled the first Federal appellate court vacancy in more than a year, the promotion of a trial court judge, the vicinity of Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
U.S. district judge Amul Thapar, of Kentucky, was confirmed for the 6. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by a 52-44 vote. Thapar is the first judge was nominated by President Donald Trump to a district or appeals court.
There are over 120 court vacancies now, with Senate Republicans confirmations have slowed to the end of President Barack Obama’s term in office.
The last court of appeal candidate confirmed: U.S. district judge Luis Felipe Restrepo in January 2016 for the 3. Circuit after a waiting period of more than 400 days.
Campaign against Thapar nomination were liberal groups like the Alliance for justice, which means the candidate is an “extremely conservative” judges favored by The Federalist Society. That conservative group that helped advise the nominated Trump on his list of potential Supreme Court. Thapar on the list, but Trump nominated Neil from gorsuch, a court of appeal judge, was confirmed by the high court in April.
The Alliance for justice also Thapar decisions said allowed, to a lot of money in the political system, and were too hard on some criminals.
A liberal senator, Democrat Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts, argued that Thapar has been in the Form of from gorsuch and would “tilt the scales of justice in favor of the rich and powerful.”
McConnell, R-Ky., countered by, he said, had Thapar “a good reputation as a qualified judge with an impressive legal mind.”
Thapar was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2007, in the Jury for the Eastern district of Kentucky. When he was confirmed in the Senate by voice vote, he was the first South Asian-American Federal judge in the history of the United States.
Previously, he was the U.S. attorney for Eastern Kentucky.