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WASHINGTON — The White House counsel’s office has interviewed approximately 20 lawyers for open seats on the federal trial court in Washington, DC, sources familiar with the process tell BuzzFeed News, setting its sights on a bench dominated by President Obama’s nominees.
The White House has been vetting candidates for federal court vacancies for months, but with the US Supreme Court confirmation fight over, the counsel’s office can focus its attention on the 126 other open seats across the country.
There are four vacancies on the US District Court for the District of Columbia. It’s the dominant court in the nation for lawsuits over access to federal government records, and routinely handles major cases dealing with