90 Miles From Tyranny : How Trump Is Reshaping the Courts

Thursday, November 7, 2019

How Trump Is Reshaping the Courts



President Donald Trump’s two Supreme Court picks, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, may be his highest-profile judicial nominations, but they are just two of the 157 men and women who have reshaped the federal judiciary.

“One out of every 4 active judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals have been appointed by President Trump,” says Adam Kennedy, deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of communications at the White House, in an interview with The Daily Signal. “And the average age is actually a full 10 years younger for these justices than under President [Barack] Obama.”

Trump celebrated his administration’s judicial appointments at a White House ceremony Wednesday. He gathered with U.S. senators and other supporters to mark the occasion. Kennedy spoke to The Daily Signal about Trump’s success and also provided an update on impeachment. Read the lightly edited transcript of the interview below, or listen on the podcast.

Rob Bluey: We’re joined on The Daily Signal Podcast by Adam Kennedy, deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of communications at the White House. Adam, thanks for taking the time to do the interview.

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Adam Kennedy: Thanks so much for having me on.

Bluey: We’re going to get to impeachment in just a few moments, but first, Adam, I want to ask you about some news that doesn’t get the attention that it deserves.

Since President Trump took office, this administration has worked with Congress to confirm 157 federal judges. Again, that’s 157 federal judges. It includes 43 judges to federal circuit courts and two new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. Can you tell us why this is a priority for President Trump?

Kennedy: I think what we’re doing really is reshaping the courts of this country that have long been dominated by Democratic appointees.

Right now … 1 out of every 4 active judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals have been appointed by President Trump. And the average age is actually a full 10 years younger for these justices than under President [Barack] Obama. So I think what the president is doing is putting a lasting stamp on...

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