President Trump had vowed if elected President he would concentrate on appointing judges who would uphold the Constitution as written by our Founders — especially within the Supreme Court along with the various Circuit Courts of Appeals.
To that end, the President is slowly succeeding to the dismay of the disgruntled Democrats.
This latest appointment is especially gratifying to Trump supporters who’ve been frustrated witnessing the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals continually obstructing the President’s agenda.
On Tuesday the President took another bite out of the 9th Circuit, by appointing attorney Daniel Bress to the bench, bringing the number of the President’s appointees on the court to seven.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said ahead of the vote. “Mr. Bress comes with strong credentials: the academic pedigree, the legal experience, and most importantly – a demonstrated commitment to the rule of law.”
The vote as predicated ran along party lines in a divided 53-45 Senate confirmation of Bress, after strong opposition from leading California Democrats, namely Senator’s Dianne Feinstein and 2020 contender Kamala Harris.
Feinstein immediately took to social media voicing her displeasure soon after the President’s successful nomination tweeting.
“I’m very disappointed the Daniel Bress nomination is moving forward to fill a California seat on the Ninth Circuit. Both @SenKamalaHarris and I objected to his lack of connections to our state. He’s not the right nominee for this lifetime position.”
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) July 9, 2019
Next came Senator Harris tweeting out, “The Senate just confirmed Daniel Bress’s nomination to a California seat on the Ninth Circuit, despite opposition from both home-state senators. Make no mistake this is a degradation of Senate institutional norms at the hands of Republican leaders. I voted NO.”
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) July 9, 2019
In a prepared statement, the progressive duo once again took aim at the newly appointed conservative judge citing, “Bress is not a part of California’s legal community.”
Which happens to be true although the 40-year old attorney grew up in the Golden State, he’s been practicing law in Washington, D.C., however, he has an impeccable legal background and stellar credentials as a member of the California State Bar since 2008.
Bress also graduated with honors from both Harvard University and the University of Virginia law school, was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and has won several professional awards.
The President’s appointment of Bress to the 9th Circuit is slowly changing the most liberal appellate court in the nation, hopefully curtailing to some degree almost 30-years of unbridled judicial activism. Which Trump has characterized as the most “biased” and “hostile” for their rulings against his administration.
Trump’s description of the 9th Circuit seems to concur with the Supreme Court having overruled the lower court’s decisions over 80% of the time, making it one of the most overruled courts in the nation.
With the appointment of Bress, the court will have 16 judges appointed by Democratic presidents and 12 by Republicans including one vacancy. However, two judges appointed by Republicans have announced they’re stepping down at the end of the year, creating two and perhaps three vacancies for the President to fill.
The 9th Circuit has a long history of obstructing and interfering with presidential policies. In one egregious and extreme case, the 9th Circuit protected an Obama administration “executive order” protecting hundreds of thousands of young, illegal immigrants from deportation, while ruling against President Trump’s order to abolish Obama’s “executive order” arguing that Obama acted illegally in creating the program known as DACA.
The court ruled 3-0 rejecting Trump’s claim that DACA was an illegal policy created by “executive order” and not by a congressional vote.