- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Senators confirmed President Trump’s 20th federal judge Tuesday, approving William L. Campbell Jr. to a seat on a federal court in Tennessee by a 97-0 vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said the Senate will have three more district court nominees on its agenda this week as well, but he complained it will consume the chamber’s entire floor time as they overcome Democrats’ procedural hurdles.

“Their goal is to waste the Senate’s time and prevent the president from promptly filling judicial vacancies,” Mr. McConnell said.

Despite the attempted filibusters, Mr. Trump has had 20 federal judges confirmed, outpacing President Obama, who only had 14 judges confirmed during his first year.

That record has thrilled conservatives, who say Mr. Trump is building an army of young conservative-leaning judges who will fill the federal bench for years.

The conservative Judicial Crisis Network began running ads thanking Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell for their efforts.

“One of the greatest and most lasting successes of President Trump’s first year was appointing a record number of highly-qualified judicial nominees,” said Carrie Severino, the group’s chief counsel. “Thank you, President Trump and Senator McConnell for your important work on confirming outstanding judicial nominees, and we look forward to more judicial confirmations in 2018.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee also slated to consider more than a dozen judges on Thursday.

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