Senate OKs Appeals Court Judges Over Home-State Opposition
The Senate has confirmed two conservative lawyers to posts on a California-based appeals court that President Donald Trump has tagged as a liberal bastion.
The two nominees won seats on the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers a wide swath of Western states from Alaska to Arizona, despite sharp opposition from their home-state senators.
The 9th Circuit handles cases of high interest to the Trump administration, such as immigration and detention.
T Lawrence VanDyke, a deputy assistant attorney general from Nevada, and Patrick Bumatay, a federal prosecutor from California, were approved in separate votes.