Feinstein Urges Graham: Stop Trump Judicial Nominees, His Presidency 'Has Concluded'
Feinstein says the panel should stop such processing
Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein urged Chairman Lindsey Graham in a letter to end the processing of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees.
Feinstein says the panel should stop such processing, now that the "election has concluded," and allow Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to make his own picks.
"Now that the 2020 election has concluded, it is clear that the American people have overwhelmingly rejected a second term for President Trump," Feinstein began.
She then went on to note that Biden and Harris "are already implementing their transition plan."
Despite Feinstein's assertions, the Trump campaign is contesting the election, alleging voting irregularities and fraud in several lawsuits.
Feinstein pointed out that "the Biden-Harris ticket is on track to receive 306 electoral votes, and has already garnered the votes of more than 77 million Americans."
"In light of that, it is imperative that the Judiciary Committee cease to process judicial nominees and allow President-Elect Biden the opportunity to appoint judges following his inauguration on January 20, 2021," she wrote.
Feinstein added there was precedent behind her argument:
"Although processing judicial nominations is one of the Committee's principal responsibilities, the Committee's long and established tradition in presidential election years is to halt consideration of judicial nominees after Election Day."
California's senior senator noted that there have only been two exceptions to that since 1984:
"Once in 2004, following President George W. Bush's reelection, and once in 2012, following the reelection of President Obama."
"Unlike Presidents Bush and Obama, President Trump has lost his reelection bid," she wrote.
Graham has already scheduled a nominations hearing for next week, before Feinstein's letter, Courthouse News reported.
In June, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had "confirmed 53 Circuit Court judges appointed by Trump in three-and-a-half years," noting for comparison:
"Obama confirmed 55 in all eight years of his presidency. For all judges, Trump has now confirmed 200. George W. Bush follows with 197 at this point in his presidency, and Bill Clinton with 186."
Graham told CNN that Biden should now begin receiving classified intelligence briefings, despite the fact that Trump has not yet conceded.
"Graham said he has not expressed his thoughts with the White House but said, 'I hope so,' when asked if he expects Biden to get the briefings soon," CNN reported.