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Crapo and Risch want White House meeting on judicial vacancy

Crapo and Risch
Posted at 11:49 AM, Nov 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-05 13:49:52-04

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch this week sent a letter to the White House requesting a meeting about Idaho’s federal district judge vacancy.

Crapo and Risch say it cannot be filled without a mutual agreement between them and the administration.

But the Idaho Press reports the "blue slip” procedure they referenced — a system that gave home-state senators a veto over federal judicial nominees — was thrown out during the Trump Administration, when federal judges were appointed over objections from Democratic senators.

Idaho’s top Democratic elected officials submitted an all-female list of four nominees to the White House in March, but there’s been no further word on the nomination since.