The Edmond Sun

December 9, 2013

Inhofe decries Obama judicial selections

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — President Barack Obama plans to place three new appointees on the D.C. Circuit Court and he has the votes to do it, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said at a recent visit to the Oklahoma Republican Party State headquarters.

“The first one is this gal Nina Pillard,” Inhofe said. “She is one of the staunchest pro-abortion persons in America. She’s been a pro-abortion leader. She’ll be on the D.C. circuit.”

In November, the Senate Republican blocked a vote on the nomination of Pillard to the D.C. Circuit. Fifty-six senators voted in favor of moving forward with the nomination.

Pillard is a tenured professor at Georgetown University. She is a former deputy assistant attorney general and a former assistant to the solicitor general.

Her nomination is important because regulatory issues often wind up in the D.C. Circuit, Inhofe said. Another nominee, D.C. District Judge Robert Wilkens is one of the strongest opponents of Second Amendment rights, Inhofe said.

“And the last one is Patricia Millet, who is on both sides of the bad issues,” Inhofe said.

A former assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, Millet also has spent more than 30 years arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Patricia Millett, Nina Pillard and Judge Robert Wilkins have all received the highest possible rating from the non-partisan American Bar Association,” Obama stated in November. “They have broad bipartisan support, and no one has questioned their merit.”

As a result, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and other Democrats used the “nuclear option” to block most filibusters on presidential nominees. Nominees can now be approved by a simple majority of the Senate instead of the supermajority of 60 votes.

Eight years ago, Reid argued on the Senate floor against using the the “nuclear option.” Then-Sens. Obama and Joe Biden also voted against using a simple majority.



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