Senate confirms Katsas to powerful federal court


The Senate confirmed Gregory Katsas to serve on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The court is considered the most powerful bench except for the Supreme Court. Even with Katsas, the DC Court still has a 7-4 Democratic advantage.

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed one of President Donald Trump’s legal advisers to serve on what is often described as America’s second highest court.

The vote to confirm Gregory Katsas, 53, of Virginia, was 50-48.

Katsas has worked on some of the president’s most contentious decisions, including his executive orders restricting travel for citizens of predominantly Muslim countries and his decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation.