Puke Mitt Romney Defends Barack Obama AGAIN, Votes Against Conservative for 9th Circuit
The Washington Times Reports:
The Senate confirmed Kenneth K. Lee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, giving President Trump reinforcements against the most consistently liberal circuit in the country.
The California lawyer cleared the Senate by a vote of 52-45.
His approval means 10 GOP-appointed active judges are on the circuit, compared with 16 Democratic appointees. That's up from a 7-18 split at the beginning of Mr. Trump's term, and there are still three vacancies to be filled.
Mr. Lee won a seat traditionally filled by a California pick - which outraged both of the state's Democratic senators, who tried to sink his nomination by not returning their blue slips, the Senate's home-state courtesy tradition.
"There was no need to proceed with Mr. Lee's nomination over our objections," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat. "Lee's record shows that he is far outside the legal mainstream."
She and Sen. Kamala D. Harris objected to Mr. Lee's credentials on everything from civil rights to labor rights.
"I called for Lee to be withdrawn months ago after he failed to disclose 75+ writings in his record," Ms. Harris tweeted this week when the chamber began debating the nominee.
"He shouldn't even be up for a vote today," she added.
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During his hearing, Mr. Lee was peppered with questions concerning his college writings in which he defended a professor accused of sexual misconduct and said "nine out of 10 people with AIDS are gay or drug users." He apologized and said his views since college have changed.
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