Trump appoints 200th federal judge

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 24th, 2020 2:02 pm

Last Updated Jun 25th, 2020 at 8:03 am

The Trump administration on Wednesday appointed its 200th federal judge after the Senate confirmed Mississippi court judge Cory Wilson to serve on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a 52-48 vote.

When President Trump entered the White House in 2017, he inherited 108 judicial vacancies — the most for an incoming president since Bill Clinton in 1992.

"No modern president has had this level of impact on the composition of the federal courts," Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, said. "This is a master footprint for any president on the judiciary."

Before Wednesday's confirmation, the president had appointed 199 judges during his first three and a half years in office:

  • 53 circuit court judges
  • 143 trial court judges
  • 2 international trade court judges
  • 2 Supreme Court judges

Trump has appointment over one-fifth of the entire judiciary and has plans to appoint additional conservatives.


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