Susan Collins opposes Trump's pick for Fifth Circuit

Susan Collins opposes Trump's pick for Fifth Circuit
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - One week out, where the Trump, Biden race stands The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Justice Barrett joins court; one week until Election Day House Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation MORE (R-Maine) on Monday voted against 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 nominee to be an appeals judge nominee for the Fifth Circuit. 

"I oppose Judge Cory Wilson’s nomination to the Fifth Circuit. While Judge Wilson is entitled to his personal views, his comments about the legality of the Affordable Care Act, including calling the law 'perverse' and 'illegitimate,' raise doubts about his ability to rule impartially on matters where he holds very strong personal views," Collins said in a statement. 

Collins, a moderate GOP senator facing a tough reelection bid in November, was the only Republican senator to vote against advancing Wilson's nomination.


If the Senate approves Wilson's nomination this week, it will be the 200th judicial nominee Trump has gotten confirmed since taking office. The seat on the Fifth Circuit is also the only remaining vacancy currently among the country's influential appeals courts. 

Collins's opposition to Wilson comes as she's voted against several of Trump's judicial nominees, including opposing Justin Walker's nomination to the D.C. Circuit. Walker, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-Ky.), was confirmed to the seat last week largely along party lines. 

No Democrat voted to advance Wilson's nomination on Monday night. But because nominations only need a simple majority to be confirmed, Wilson could join the federal bench with only support from Republicans, who have 53 seats in the Senate. 

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 (D-N.Y) and Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinMurkowski predicts Barrett won't overturn Roe v. Wade Democrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett MORE (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharStart focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-Minn.), a member of the panel, called on McConnell to pull the vote on Wilson's nomination. 

"Judge Wilson has been an ardent supporter of restrictive voting measures, including voter ID laws, that disproportionately harm minority voters, and he has shown a pattern of dismissing legitimate concerns from voting rights groups," they wrote. 

"Appointing someone to the Fifth Circuit who refers to the concerns of African American citizens and community advocates regarding the effects of voter ID laws as 'poppycock' is a slap in the face to Black Americans at a time when our country is working to take steps forward on racial justice, not backwards," they added. 

Democrats were referring to remarks that Wilson made in 2011 where he argued that concerns a voter ID law would suppress the vote were "poppycock, unless you count the dead vote," according to The Washington Post.