Trump enjoys early success with GOP-led Senate on judges


WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is having more success getting judges confirmed than Democrat Barack Obama did at this early stage in their presidencies.

That disparity is expected to increase this week as the GOP-led Senate pushes through more of Trump’s choices.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set the stage for votes on four of the president’s appellate court nominees and one district court nominee starting Monday night. In doing so, he declared that Democrats would be unsuccessful in stopping their confirmation.

McConnell’s frustration stems from Democratic insistence on using all the time Senate rules allow for moving to an up-or-down vote on a nominee. It also ignores the many ways Republicans blocked Obama’s choices.