There are more than one hundred open federal court seats — 48 of which are considered judicial emergencies. But so far, President Trump has only nominated one judge for the federal courts, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley noted.
With Justice Neil Gorsuch safely ensconced on the Supreme Court, the Trump administration now needs to focus on more than a hundred open federal court seats.
Of those, 48 vacancies are considered judicial emergencies. But according to statistics maintained by the administrative office of the federal courts, only one nominee has been put forward by the White House so far.
That’s Judge Amal Thapar of Kentucky, nominated by President Donald Trump for elevation to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley said he is ready to begin processing nominees for the lower-level lifetime judicial appointments, but in a conversation with reporters last week, he said the onus is on the White House to send up names for consideration.