Biden Nominee Could Be First Muslim on Federal Appellate Court

( – President Biden announced five additional nominees to the federal bench, including the first Muslim-American, hoping to add to the over 150 judicial selections that have already been confirmed since he took office, CBS News reported.

With the latest nominations, the president is continuing his effort to place identity ahead of qualifications to impose diversity, equity, and inclusion on the federal judiciary.

The president nominated Adeel Mangi to serve on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed, Mangi would be the first Muslim-American to serve on the circuit court.

Biden also nominated SEIU general counsel Nicole Berner, a lesbian, to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The president also nominated state court judge Cristal Brisco to the US District Court of the Northern District of Indiana. Brisco would be the first black woman to serve on the Northern District of Indiana Circuit Court.

Also nominated to the US District Court of the Northern District of Indiana is Judge Gretchen Lund.

The president nominated a former federal public defender, state court Judge Amy Baggio to serve on the US District Court of Oregon.

White House counsel Ed Siskel described Mangi, Berner, and Brisco as “historic first nominees.” He said the president’s nominations continue his push to bring “demographic diversity” to the federal bench.

According to the White House, Biden’s push for diversity and his appointment of public defenders and civil rights lawyers “set records” over previous presidents and fulfill Biden’s promise to make the federal bench “reflect the diversity” of the country.

Thus far, the Senate has confirmed 154 lifetime judges nominated by President Biden. Of those, two-thirds have been women and two-thirds have been “people of color,” according to the White House.

During his four years in office, former President Trump appointed more than 230 judges to the federal bench.

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