May 17, 2019

Harris on Trump’s Ninth Circuit Nominee: Daniel Bress Is Not a California Lawyer

WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday issued the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Daniel Bress to a California seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Daniel Bress on May 22 despite California’s two senators not returning blue slips for this nomination, a long held Senate tradition to protect home-state senators’ role in the nomination process:

“It’s important to remember that it’s a president’s job to nominate judges – not appoint them. Advising and consenting to judicial nominees for vacancies in California is one of my key duties as U.S. Senator. It is clear that this role is not being honored by the White House or the Senate Judiciary Committee. Daniel Bress has been nominated to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California, but he has lived and practiced law in the Washington, D.C. area for more than a decade. He clerked for two federal judges on the East Coast, and has voted in Virginia for roughly the last decade. Put plainly, Daniel Bress does not live in California and he is not a California lawyer. He lacks strong ties to the local legal community that, if confirmed, would appear in his courtroom every day. This nomination is yet another egregious violation of the norms under which the Senate once operated. I will continue to oppose Bress’ nomination.”

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