Earlier this week, the judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Donald Trump’s travel ban, keeping the halt on it in place. Days later, however, this decision has come back to bite these judges in a big way.
Daily Caller reported that the judges were just reminded of the fact that Trump will need to fill 117 vacancies on various federal courts.
There are currently 18 vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals and 91 on the District Courts. There are also 2 vacancies on the Court of International Trade and 6 on the Court of Federal Claims. The choices Trump makes about the judges on these courts has the potential to change the balance of several U.S. courts.
As of this moment, less than half of the judges on the Circuit Courts of Appeals and only about 35% of judges on District courts were appointed by a Republican president.
This is the most court vacancies a president has had to fill in recent memory. When they took office, President Ronald Reagan was charged with filling 34 seats, George H.W. Bush filled 37 seats, George W. Bush had 84, and there were 54 vacancies when Obama entered office. Bill Clinton had 111 vacancies to fill, and his decisions greatly changed the judicial landscape for years to come.
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