Panel approves four Trump judge picks
The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced four of President Trump’s judicial nominees Thursday, including one appeals court pick who won unanimous approval from the panel.
The committee voted 20-0 for District Court Judge Ralph Erickson for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Senators also approved two of Mr. Trump’s district court judges, Donald Coggins Jr. for the District of South Carolina and Dabney Friedrich for the District of Columbia, by voice votes.
But the committee was more divided on Stephen Schwartz, Mr. Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, clearing him on an 11-9 party-line vote.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said he has only nine years of legal experience. Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley countered that the experience Mr. Schwartz does have comes in litigating the kinds of issues he’d see on the Court of Federal Claims.