Trump Administration Could Have Lasting Impact on Courts

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Newly-appointed Arizona Supreme Court justice John Lopez IV is sworn in by assistant Arizona Secretary of State Lee Miller, right, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at the Capitol in Phoenix.
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President-elect Donald Trump will have an estimated 100 judicial vacancies to fill when he comes into office, nearly twice as many as President Obama had when he was sworn in.

An array of openings throughout the federal and district courts will allow Trump to have a lasting impact on the composition of the courts. Critics fear that his nominees will be partisan ideologues, not neutral arbiters, which will politicize the third branch.

Russell Wheeler, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution's Governance Studies Program, and an expert in the federal judicial selection process, joins The Takeaway to discuss the significance and impact of filling these seats.