Published in Bloomberg Law
Republicans on Monday night advanced the nomination of Eric Miller for a seat on the nation’s largest federal appeals court that President Donald Trump ferociously criticizes and has begun reshaping with conservatives.
The chamber voted 51 to 46 to invoke cloture, or end debate, on Miller’s nomination to the San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, starting the clock on confirmation, which is likely.
The Ninth Circuit has ruled against the Trump administration in high-profile immigration disputes, and he’s attacked its liberal reputation.
For instance, Trump tweeted in November that the “9th Circuit is a complete & total disaster. It is out of control, has a horrible reputation.” He derided it most recently in predicting that it would hear challenges to his declaration of a national emergency to access federal funds border wall construction.