(ConservativeInsider.org) – President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is currently going through her Senate confirmation hearings. But, some people oppose both her nomination and the White House’s vigorous success to fill vacancies in lower federal courts.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his disagreement with a recent nomination by President Trump on Tuesday, October 12:
THIS is court packing. https://t.co/RveKSiAxD7
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) October 13, 2020
Court-packing occurs when Congress adds additional spots for judges to courts, rather than just filling naturally-occurring vacancies. The last time court-packing actually occurred was in 1869 when Congress changed the number of seats on the Supreme Court to 9, which still stands to this day.
Holder’s presumption that Trump’s nominating judges to vacancies is considered court-packing received lots of push back, including from White House Reporter Seung Min Kim:
No. Filling existing vacancies in the judiciary is not court-packing. It wasn't court-packing when Republicans said it during the Obama administration and it's not court-packing when Democrats say it now. https://t.co/BDGp79XyVO
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) October 13, 2020
As tensions rise with the upcoming election, Americans must ensure they understand the words and definitions they use. While some appointments and bills are purely politically driven, others are necessary and encouraged by our Constitution, such as filling vacancies on Federal courts.
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