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Conservative group targets Democrats for blocking judicial nominees in million dollar ad buy

The conservative organization Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) is launching a million dollar ad campaign targeting top Democrats over stalling President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE's judicial nominees.

The advertisement is set to run on CNN, Fox News and some airport television channels where senators returning from recess may see it. In the ad, JCN accuses Democrats such as Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' MORE (N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls Senate Democrats want hearing on Pentagon vaccine effort MORE (Mass.) of trying to "keep liberal judges in control."

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"They're obstructing, playing games instead of voting on nominees," the ad goes on.

Carrie Severino, JCN chief counsel and policy director, said in a statement that the group is dedicated to ending "Democratic obstruction."

“President Trump and Senate Republicans have confirmed a record number of exceptionally qualified judges who will follow the law and uphold the Constitution. Senate Democrats, led by Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' MORE (D-NY), want to stop that progress so that liberal extremists can maintain control of our court," Severino wrote. "Confirming President Trump’s extraordinary nominees is a top priority for JCN, and we are committed to doing whatever necessary to end the Democratic obstruction.”

The group has spent millions in recent Supreme Court seat battles, including buying ads supporting Trump's nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, last year.

The bullish ad buy comes despite the Trump administration being on pace to have more appeals court nominees approved in the first two years of his tenure than any other recent president.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Trump blasts Obama speech for Biden as 'fake' after Obama hits Trump's tax payments White House hoping for COVID-19 relief deal 'within weeks': spokeswoman MORE (R-Ky.) said Thursday that confirming the president's nominees in the upper chamber was his "top priority."

"We're going to continue to confirm judges all year. The Congress doesn't stop with the elections. It goes until the end of the year. ... I'm processing them as quickly as they come out of the Judiciary Committee," he said.