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Feinstein Pledges To Closely Scrutinize Trump's Judicial Nominees

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Following news she will become the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., pledged to closely scrutinize President-elect Donald Trump's judicial nominees.

Feinstein released a statement Wednesday noting that the committee's first orders of business will include the consideration of a new Attorney General and a new Supreme Court Justice.

Calling Senate Republicans' treatment of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland "unprecedented and disrespectful," Feinstein said she will pay very close attention to proposed nominees to ensure the fundamental constitutional rights of Americans are protected.

"When President-elect Trump is willing to support responsible policies and nominees, I'll hear him out, but this committee has a vital role to protect the Constitution and scrutinize policies, senior officials and judges very carefully, and that's what we intend to do," Feinstein said.

She added, "We simply won't stand aside and watch the tremendous successes achieved over the past eight years be swept away or allow our nation's most vulnerable populations to be targeted."

Republicans blocked consideration of Garland's nomination for several months, arguing that the next president should fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Trump has vowed to nominate a justice in the mold of Scalia and could have an opportunity to fill more seats on the court due to the advanced age of some of the current Supreme Court Justices.

by RTT Staff Writer

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