Panel ap­proves four Trump judge picks

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Alex Swoyer

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.

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