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Judge Amul Thapar of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was nominated to the Sixth Circuit after his fellow Kentuckian, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, refused to allow the Senate to act on President Obama’s nominee for the same seat. Judge Thapar’s name was on the list of 21 proposed judicial nominees given to President Trump by the Koch-funded Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society.