California senators to try to block Trump judicial nominees

Democrat U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris say they didn’t sign off on three White House nominees for open California seats on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and will oppose their confirmation.

President Trump announced this week that he had nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Patrick Bumatay, Los Angeles appellate attorney Daniel Collins and Los Angeles litigator Kenneth Kiyul Lee for California-based vacancies.

The Los Angeles Times reports Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she and the administration were still trying to reach a consensus on nominees when the White House abruptly announced them.

White House Counsel Donald McGahn said in a letter that the administration made a good faith effort to work with the California's senators.

Dawn Kamber