Trump Flips Control of First Federal Appeals Court


President Trump has flipped the first federal appeals court to a Republican majority when the Senate confirmed Judge Paul Matey to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Tuesday.

The Senate confirmed Matey by a vote of 54-46. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) was the sole Democrat to join all Republicans in supporting Matey’s nomination.

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Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed, by a 54-45 vote, Paul Matey to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The Third Circuit has federal appellate jurisdiction for the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. With the confirmation of Matey, the Third Circuit becomes the first of the 13 federal appellate circuits to “flip” control under President Donald Trump from majority Democratic nominees to majority Republican nominees.

USA Today reports:

For the first time, [Trump] turned a federal appeals court previously dominated by Democratic presidents’ nominees into one with a majority of Republican presidents’ choices.

Senate confirmation of Paul Matey to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, with jurisdiction over Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, gave Trump and his GOP predecessors in the White House a 7-6 majority there. …

Matey, 48, a former top counsel to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, became Trump’s 35th appeals court nominee to reach the bench with seven more pending, continuing a record pace. The Senate also has confirmed 53 of Trump’s picks for federal district courts, with another 54 nominees pending.

As conservatives know all too well, the partisan identity of a nominating president is hardly an even remotely reliable indicator of a judge’s methodology and exegetical approach, once firmly ensconced on the bench. As but one example, despite having a firm “partisan” majority on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Second Amendment supporters were left disappointed last summer when the Fifth Circuit upheld, via an en banc vote, a controversial anti-gun federal statute. More

This is the real victory for America by appointing judges that actually follow the constitution. This is a step in the right direction. However, to keep this going President Trump needs every conservative’s help next year to win his re-election.

Every circuit that gets flipped is one less place Democrats can go judge shopping to further their liberal agenda. This is a win for the constitution and every single constitution loving American.

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