Trump's judicial picks disproportionately represent a small, ultra-conservative group of lawyers

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The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved 44 of President Trump's judicial nominees, sending them to a full-Senate vote where they will likely be confirmed.

HuffPost reports that it's "a huge number at once," and the sudden influx has Democrats concerned that Trump's picks are rapidly making federal courts substantially more conservative. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) pointed out that more than 80 percent of Trump's nominees are members of the Federalist Society, a conservative organization that has proven instrumental in elevating conservative lawyers to top judicial positions. Less than 4 percent of all American lawyers are members of the organization, Hirono told the committee.

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