A week after leading the Republican effort to acquit President Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focused on moving forward to help the country.
During an interview Thursday night on Fox News with host Bret Baier, McConnell said his top priority is confirming as many pro-law judges to the judicial system and that it is the most important long-term thing that Republicans can do for America.
“If a Supreme Court seat were to open up before the November election, would you hold that seat open like you did for Merrick Garland to let voters decide what presidential candidates pick the next justice?” Baier asked.
“Let me remind you what I said in 2016,” McConnell said. “I said you’d have to go back to the 1880s to find the last time a vacancy on the Supreme Court occurring during a presidential election year was confirmed by a Senate of a different party than the president. That was the situation in 2016. That would not be the situation in 2020.”
“I’m not aware of any vacancy, but if you are asking me a hypothetical whether this Republican Senate would confirm a member of the Supreme Court to a vacancy that created this year, we would fill it,” McConnell continued, later adding that he hopes to have filled all vacancies this year.
“My job is to try to set the priorities. I have felt that our judiciary was the most important responsibility,” McConnell added. “We’ve done now 51 the circuit judges in three years. It took President Obama eight years to do 55. I think changing the court system: Putting in place men and women who believe their job is to actually interpret the law as is written is the most important long-term thing we can do for the country and yes, its my top priority.”
This marks a significant accomplishment for Trump, who has already confirmed 187 conservative judges to federal district and circuit courts across the country.
According to a recent analysis, Trump is on pace to appoint 30 percent of all federal judges currently on the bench by the end of his first term.
If Trump wins re-election in 2020 and serves another four years — it’s more than likely that he will have appointed more than 50 percent of all federal judges when he leaves office in 2024.
And, most importantly, many of the judges are in their 40s and some in their 30s.
This means that these conservative judges will serve on the courts for many, many years.
Trump’s judicial appointments also include two Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
That’s certainly a historic accomplishment, and the Republican-controlled Senate is reshaping the federal courts across the country for decades to come.
And if Ruth Bader Ginsburg can’t make it much longer, Trump may get a third Supreme Court nomination very soon.