Trump Just Named His Tenth — TENTH — Wave Of Judicial Nominees

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Kevin Daley Supreme Court correspondent
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President Donald Trump announced his tenth wave of nominees to the federal judiciary Tuesday, bringing the total number of judicial nominations made in his first year to 75.

Tuesday’s nominees include John Nalbandian to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals — the federal appeals court based in Cincinnati, Ohio — and eight nominees to trial courts in Arizona, Louisiana and Texas.

One of the nominees, Wendy Vitter to the Eastern District of Louisiana, is the wife of former GOP Sen. David Vitter. She previously practiced in the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office and currently serves as general counsel for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Trump set a record for judicial confirmations during his first year in office. The Senate confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a dozen circuit court nominees, and 10 circuit court nominees.

There are currently 145 vacancies in the federal courts, according to the U.S. Judicial Conference.

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