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Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges

Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges
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President Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges as of Thursday, a milestone cheered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWashington showing signs of normalcy after year of restrictions Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Lawmakers reach agreement on bipartisan Jan. 6 commission MORE (R-Ky.), who has often touted the rate of Trump's judicial appointments.

Senate Republicans had previously broken the record for the number of appeals court judges confirmed during a president’s first two years in September 2018, after Trump’s 23rd circuit court judge was confirmed. 

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Trump announced during a celebration at the White House on Wednesday that he has appointed more than 150 federal judges, adding that he expects that to be closer to about 182 in a couple of months.

“In terms of I’d like to say quality and quantity we are going to be just about number one by the time we’re finished,” Trump said at the event. 

Senate Republicans joined in celebrating the appointment of the conservative judges.

"Few legacies will be longer lasting than this judicial one. These new judges are principled constitutionalists who have demonstrated excellence and professionalism throughout their legal careers,” Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE (R-Texas) wrote in an op-ed published by Fox News on Wednesday. 

Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseRomney: Capitol riot was 'an insurrection against the Constitution' Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals Hillicon Valley: Colonial Pipeline attack underscores US energy's vulnerabilities | Biden leading 'whole-of-government' response to hack | Attorneys general urge Facebook to scrap Instagram for kids MORE (R-Neb.) said “the President invited me to this celebration for a simple reason: On the Judiciary Committee we chew bubblegum and confirm great judges — and we’re all out of bubblegum.” 

But critics and liberal groups rebuked Trump’s appointments and have blamed the large number of Trump appointed judges on McConnell's running of the Senate. 

“These judges are a way of advancing conservative political goals that cannot be achieved through the proper means,” Sam Berger vice president of Democracy and Government Reform for the left-leaning Center for American Progress told ABC News Channel 12.  

“Under Obama, they prevented him from appointing judges and when Trump became president they changed the rules so they could rush through a number of ideological and in many cases unqualified judges to the bench,” Berger added. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney sideshow distracts from important battle over Democrats' partisan voting bill MORE (D-N.Y.) also decried the GOP’s appointees. 

“As a senator, I have now worked with four separate administrations, Democrat and Republican, on the appointment of federal judges,” Schumer told The New York Times. “I can say with perfect confidence that over the last three years, President Trump has nominated — and Senate Republicans have approved — the most unqualified and radical nominees in my time in this body."