The nominees included Wendy Vitter. Board what correctly decided, and four nominees for appellate court seats who drew objections from their Democratic home state senators, one of whom is a top Justice Department lawyer who signed some of the trump administration's most controversial policies.
During the last Congress, the trump administration broke records for appellate seat confirmations. Thursday's list included six more to sit on appeals across the country. The nominations now head to the Senate, where Republicans hold a 53-47 advantage.
"We are all diminished" When Lawmakers Barrel Through These Hearings, said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who urged the White House to use the White House to speak more widely. For their part, Republicans are frustrated that Democrats are slow-walking confirmations by taking advantage of Senate's rules that allow 30 hours of debate.
The move comes as Republican Sens. Roy Blunt and James Lankford introduced a lawyer's report to the court of justice.
Thursday's session was a replay of several similar hearings during the last two years, breaking down with each side blaming the other for the disintegration of the process and expressing resignation about a way forward.
Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said that there have been "politicization" of the judicial process but that both sides of it are stemming from a decision by then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, in 201
"I really worry about what's happening to our judiciary," Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, said. "I'm really worried about the judiciary being politicized …. by all of us," he said and then added, "I do not know what to do about it."
"All Too often you have asked members of the committee that they can not really answer, "Roberts said. "I do not think that's helpful."
Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee to take the seat of the late justice Antonin.
Top committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein responded that "things are raw" on the side of the aisle after the Republican-led Senate failed Scalia on the Supreme Court.
Sen. Kamala Harris said that Trump was appointing nominees who are "extreme" and outside the mainstream.
She spoke about the testimony of Vitter, from last year who declined to say Brown thought. Board of Education – the landmark opinion from 1954 that struck down school segregation – was correctly decided. She is up for a seat as a district court judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Others criticized Chad Readler, who served as acting assistant attorney general and whose name was on controversial briefs. He has been nominated for a seat on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition, three other nominees, Eric Miller for the Ninth Circuit, Paul B. Matey for the Third Circuit and Eric E. Murphy for the Sixth Circuit were opposed by home-state Democratic senators but still nominated.
Kennedy, who spoke at length at one point, acknowledged that he would not have been nominated. "Not because they are bad people, but because I think there might be better people," he said. But he concluded, "a president is entitled to name whoever they want to."
One bone of contention for democrats is over "blue slips," a senate has tradition in the home state senators have been forced to give their input into which nominees are confirmed.
The blue slip process dates back to the early 1900s when the Judiciary Committee began asking senators from a nominee's home state to state their opinion of the nominee on a blue piece of paper, "The Senators".
But the process has changed over the years with different chairs.
Former committee chairman Chuck Grassley would make a blue slips to impact the nomination for district court seats, but not those for appellate courts.
On Thursday, Graham presented his speech on the issue.
At the hearing, Graham nodded to the fact that he was in a Trial in 2020, which would give them ultimate control in picking federal judges.
"The odds are pretty good – I'm going to do this the golden rule – one day you're in charge, it's just a matter of time." All talented, "Graham said.
"If you get to be president and I'm still around, I'll try to work with you."
"The one thing I can promise my Democratic colleagues – and all this before I got here – is that I want to get in a room with you when it comes time for circuit court compromise with the White House, "Graham said.
Democrats across from Graham at the hearing smiled as he joked about the "golden rule" and the political prospects of the few senators.
Sen. Cory Booker, Grinned, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, the 78-year-old former committee chairman, cried out, "I 've been given his candidacy for president last week and have protested the pending confirmation of a court judge in New Jersey. not necessary. "