Trump to announce federal court nominees

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Spicer said that another eight nominees would be named later Monday.

Trump will nominate Joan Larsen, who now serves on Michigan's Supreme Court, to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, and David Stras, a justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court bench, to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

President Trump is announcing his selection Monday of five conservative nominees to federal appeals courts, building on his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Two of them originally were on the list of 21 candidates that the Trump transition team considered for the Supreme Court vacancy left by Antonin Scalia's death, and ultimately filled by Gorsuch.

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Trump will need a minimum of 51 votes to confirm his judicial nominees in the Senate - a feat made easier by Senate Democrats' decision to trigger the so-called "nuclear option" in 2013 to eliminate the filibuster for all nominations to the lower federal courts.

Trump's earliest efforts to implement his agenda were dramatically derailed by the courts, which pushed back against his proposed travel ban and his order to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with immigration authorities.

Trump will also nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and John Bush, an attorney in Louisville, Ky., to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, The Times reported. While Supreme Court vacancies capture national attention, a president can leave a lasting legacy by getting like-minded justices confirmed to US district, circuit and other courts across the country. Republicans have introduced bills this year to do just that. But her colleague, Justice David Viviano, served as a substitute.

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