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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Jeff Mateer and other Trump judicial nominees
(Democrat - Rhode Island) 09/21/17
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., another Judiciary Committee member, said Mateer's nomination was a new low for judge nominees. "Republicans have lowered the standard for federal judges to get ones who will pass their ideological test: opposition to sensible gun laws, hostility to women's reproductive rights, commitment to protecting political dark money, and disregard for public health and safety protections," he said. "One even called a Supreme Court Justice a 'judicial prostitute,' but Jeff Mateer, who calls transgender children part of 'Satan's plan,' is a new low. This is just not normal."

Sen. Feinstein Sets the Record Straight on Blue Slip, Speaks Against Right-Wing Nominees
(Democrat - California) 07/13/17
"I intend to support Mr. Newsom for the Eleventh Circuit, but I need to make a point about blue slips first. In February 2016, President Obama nominated U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon for this very same vacancy on the Eleventh Circuit. A few years earlier, Judge Kallon had been unanimously confirmed with the support of Senators Shelby and Sessions when he was nominated to the federal district court bench. However, Judge Kallon did not receive a hearing in this committee last year because Senators Shelby and Sessions did not support his elevation to the circuit court and thus did not return their blue slips. That’s the prerogative of home state senators for judicial nominees from their states—including circuit court judges and it has existed for 100 years.... President Obama’s nominee Judge Kallon and three other circuit nominees waited nine, 10, up to 11 months for blue slips that never came .... I am not able to support Mr. Bush’s nomination to the Sixth Circuit or Mr. Schiff’s nomination to the Court of Federal Claims.... they expressed strident, provocative and in some cases deeply offensive opinions on a wide range of political and legal issues. If I were a litigant before them, I would not have the confidence that these individuals had the temperament or impartiality to serve as a federal judge.... Bush wrote blog posts where he relied on extreme right-wing sources like World Net Daily .... Schiff referred to Justice Kennedy as a ‘judicial prostitute,’ and accused Justice Kennedy of ‘selling his vote as it were to four other justices in exchange for the high that comes from aggrandizement of power and influence.’ Shocking. Mr. Schiff also criticized a California school district’s proposed anti-bullying initiative for teaching that ‘homosexual families are the moral equivalent of traditional heterosexual families.’ Lastly, Mr. Schiff has repeatedly made clear his hostility to environmental laws that protect our clean air and clean water."

[Sen. Franken tweet with three videos of his statements at Judiciary Committee opposing John Bush and Damien Schiff nominations]
(Democrat - Minnesota) 07/13/17
I believe that John Bush, a nominee to 6th Circuit, is unsuitable to serve on U.S. Court of Appeals. More from @senjudiciary hearing today: ... A man who anonymously posted inflammatory blog posts, who relied upon info from news sources that publish lies shouldn't be a federal judge.... And Damien Schiff, nom for U.S. Court of Federal Claims, does not deserve to be a federal judge or a lifetime appointment.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) on John K. Bush and Damien Schiff judicial nominations
(Republican - Louisiana) 06/14/17
John Bush, a Kentucky lawyer nominated to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, said he regretted some of his 400-plus posts, all published under a fake name ... Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana seemed unpersuaded. "Mr. Bush, I've read your blogs," Kennedy said as he stared at the nominee. "I'm not impressed."... While Bush adopted an apologetic tone, a second nominee, Damien Schiff, was far more confrontational.... Kennedy, who looked disgusted at the end of the hearing, but said he had reached no conclusion about the nominees.