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Trump District Court Pick Confirmed, Others Clear Committee (1)

July 18, 2019, 3:47 PMUpdated: July 18, 2019, 5:21 PM

The Senate confirmed another of President Donald Trump’s district court nominees on Thursday with Democratic support while four others were cleared by the Judiciary Committee.

Clifton Corker, the president’s pick to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, was confirmed by the Republican-led chamber 55 to 39. Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, and Doug Jones of Alabama voted for him.

Corker’s a U.S. magistrate judge on the court to which he was confirmed, and previously worked as an attorney in private practice.

Earlier, the Judiciary Committee voted to clear four of Trump’s other district court nominees.

The nominations of Robert Molloy—one of the few people of color Trump has nominated to the federal bench—Douglas Cole, Matthew McFarland, and Kea Whetzal Riggs were sent to the full Senate for consideration.

Molloy, Trump’s pick to U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands, has been a judge on the Superior Court there since 2013. He was previously an assistant attorney general of labor in the Virgin Islands Office of Collective Bargaining.

Cole, who’s been nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, is a litigation boutique partner, a former Jones Day partner, and an ex-Ohio state solicitor.

McFarland, Trump’s other nominee to the Southern District of Ohio, sits on the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals and is a former county prosecutor.

Riggs, nominated to a district judgeship in New Mexico, has been a judge on the state district court since 2014 and was previously a U.S. magistrate judge for more than a decade.

Trump has appointed 129 judges to lifetime positions, including 84 district court judges, 43 appeals court judges, and two Supreme Court justices.

(Updates with confirmation of Tennessee district court nominee.)

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