AD: The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

*UPDATE: Trump set a record for the most federal appeals judges confirmed during both his first  and second years of a presidency, inlcuding two Supreme Court Justices. 

1/31/17: President Trump picked Neil Gorsuch for nominee for the US Supreme Court.  Although Mr. Gorsuch was more than qualified, the Democrats acted to block the vote (even after Republicans helped approve President Obama's first two Supreme Court Justic picks) by using a procedural filibuster.

4/7/17: However Neil Goruch was confirmed as the 113th justice of the Supreme Court with a 54-45 in favor confirmation. The Republican Senate was forced to use the Nuclear Option to pass him through. 

​11/9/17: When it comes to nominating judges to the federal bench, Trump is moving at a breakneck pace. Mr. Trump has now nominated over 100  judges filling far more vacancies than his predecssor Barack Obama did in his entire first year. In fact Trump will get to fill the most federal judiciary vacancies in 40 years.

4/10/18: President Donald Trump announced his 12th wave of judicial nominees for 19 lifetime federal judgeships including two short-listers for the U.S. Supreme Court.

​7/11/18:  Trump signed an executive order aimed at tightening his administration’s control over regulatory judges. The order allows agency heads to directly hire administrative law judges, the officials who rule on legal issues related to government regulations.

7/20/18:  Trump broke a record on for the number (23) of appeals court judges confirmed during a president's first two years.  

7/25/18: Trump issues executive rrder to reclassify administrative law judges.

10/16/18: President Trump's second Supreme Court Justice pick, Brett Kavanaugh, was confirmed after a lenghty and historic battle. The final vote was 50-48. Only one Democrat voted yes. 

1/28/19: Trump nominates 51 judges at once, enough to fill one-third of all court vacancies. This included two for the liberal 9th circuit. For the first time in more than three decades, Republican-appointed judges will soon occupy nearly half the seats on the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- dealing a setback to progressive legal advocates who have long seen the court as a safe bet for favorable rulings.

2/27/19:  The Senate confirmed President Trump's nominee to be a judge on the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a party-line vote -- and, in a historic snub, the White House ignored the input of the judge's two Democratic home-state senators in the process. 

3/13/19:  President Trump has for the first time in his presidency flipped an appeals court (3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals) to have a majority of Republican-appointed judges.