Groups launch campaign to quickly confirm Trump judicial nominees

Conservative groups are launching a campaign to get President Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed faster.

Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) is spending $500,000 on a digital ad urging voters to contact their senators to change the upper chamber’s rules to speed up nominations. A proposal from Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) would cut the amount of time allotted for debating a nominee from 30 hours to eight hours.

JCN — along with the Tea Party Patriots, Concerned Veterans for America, Susan B. Anthony List and Concerned Women for America — claim Democrats are blocking nominees from getting a fair vote and wasting floor time by demanding 30 hours of debate for every nominee.

“Democrats are abusing Senate rules to delay and obstruct President Trump's extraordinary judicial nominees because they want to keep liberal activist judges in control of our courts," JCN chief counsel Carrie Severino said in a statement. "Because of their gridlock, there are now far more judicial vacancies than there were when President Trump took office, and he began with a record number."

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The ad, which will air online on Twitter and various political websites for two weeks, opens with a man’s voice telling viewers about a “hidden scandal” in Washington as images of the Capitol and the Supreme Court at night flash across the screen.

“Democrats abusing Senate rules using gridlock and obstruction to keep liberals in control of our courts,” he says. “There are now more vacancies than when Trump took office. Democrats will do anything to keep their liberal, activist judges in charge.”

The speaker tells viewers Trump has fulfilled his promise by “nominating principled judges, believers in the Constitution” and it’s time for them to do their part and tell their senators to support Lankford’s rules changes.