Trump’s Judge Pick From Hawaii Confirmed Despite GOP Pushback

Trump’s Judge Pick From Hawaii Confirmed Despite GOP Pushback

Mark Bennett’s position on gun control concerned some conservatives who opposed his nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mark Bennett, a former Hawaii attorney general, was confirmed Tuesday along bipartisan lines to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Bennett, who now works in private practice in Honolulu, was nominated in February by President Donald Trump with the support of both of Hawaii’s Democratic senators, Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz. And while the path to confirmation was relatively smooth, Bennett did face some opposition from conservatives for his previous stance on gun control and other issues while working as the state’s attorney general. He was confirmed 72 to 27 with all Democrats voting in his favor. Honolulu attorney Mark Bennett will replace Richard Clifton on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That breakdown is notable given the looming fight over Trump’s latest pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, who is expected to solidify the court’s conservative leanings. “Mark is recognized as one of the best qualified lawyers in the State of Hawaii,” Hirono said in statement after voting to confirm Bennett. “I have every confidence that Mark will put his skills and experience to good use on the bench as a fair and impartial judge, beholden to nothing but the law and the Constitution.” Hirono introduced Bennett during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in April, and has been a strong advocate for him. She did, however, vote against ending debate […]

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