Trump taps White House lawyer for federal appeals court

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhy Republicans should think twice about increasing presidential power The opioid crisis is the challenge of this generation Flynn, Papadopoulos to speak at event preparing ‘social media warriors’ for ‘digital civil war’ MORE Wednesday tapped Steven Menashi, a White House lawyer, to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Menashi currently works as a special assistant and senior associate counsel to the president. Prior to joining the White House, he served as acting general counsel at the Department of Education, taught law at George Mason University and worked in private practice.

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Menashi’s recommendation was announced along with five nominations for district court judgeships, two nominations for U.S. attorney and two for U.S. marshal.

“This is an outstanding slate of judicial nominees. President Trump continues delivering on his promise to appoint excellent judges who will base their decisions on the law and the Constitution,” Judicial Crisis Network Chief Counsel and Policy Director Carrie Severino said of the six judgeship nominees.

“A judge’s job is to apply the law, not make the law, and I’m confident that nominees Menashi, Dishman, Marston, Myers, Pitlyk, and Singhal will do just that.” 

The Trump White House and Republicans in Congress have put a premium on nominating and approving a record number of federal judges, using the party’s majority in the Senate to fill openings on the federal bench at a breakneck pace that helps animate the conservative base.

In a sign of the high importance the GOP places on judgeships, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLaw professor: Court-packing should be ‘last resort’ Republican support for gun control dips since Parkland massacre: survey The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump lauds tariffs on China while backtracking from more MORE (R-Ky.) implemented the “nuclear option” on Senate rules earlier this year to allow Supreme Court nominees to be confirmed by a simple majority rather than having to reach a 60-vote threshold.