Senate confirms two more Trump judicial nominees

The Senate confirmed two more of President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdo─čan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE's judicial nominees on Wednesday, furthering the lame-duck administration's lasting imprint on the federal courts in its final weeks.

Wednesday's confirmations came a day after the Senate approved Trump's replacement to fill the appeals court seat left open by Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court confounding its partisan critics Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Gorsuch, Thomas join liberal justices in siding with criminal defendant MORE.

Senate Republicans' efforts to push the nominations through as they wrap up their work for the year are some of the finishing touches on their four-year project of filling the federal courts with conservative judges.


It also comes as leaders of both parties are nearing an agreement on a coronavirus relief package.

Katherine Crytzer, a 36-year-old Justice Department attorney, was confirmed in a party-line 48-47 vote to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

The Senate also confirmed Joseph Dawson, the county attorney for Charleston County, South Carolina, to a seat on the federal district court for South Carolina. Eight Democrats joined Republicans in confirming Dawson in a 56-39 vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhat the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship Democrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) has also filed cloture motions on two other judicial nominees who could receive a floor vote this week.

McConnell has made judicial confirmations a top priority under Trump, pushing through 232 of the president's nominees, including three Supreme Court justices, 54 appeals court judges and 172 district court judges.