Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing

Judge Elizabeth Branch, nominated to sit on the federal appeals court in Atlanta, breezed through her confirmation hearing on Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Branch, a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals and a native of Fulton County, encountered no stated opposition during the proceeding. With family and friends seated behind her, the judge expressed gratitude to President Donald Trump for “his nomination and the trust he has placed in me.”

>+  Charles Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a file image. Grassley on Wednesday praised Georgia Judge Elizabeth Branch for photo
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Charles Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a file image. Grassley on Wednesday praised Georgia Judge Elizabeth Branch for rulings in favor of both “big guys and little guys.” (Rafael Suanes/TNS)
Charles Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a file image. Grassley on Wednesday praised Georgia Judge Elizabeth Branch for ... read more

Committee chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, praised Branch for ruling in favor of both “big guys and little guys” and sometimes in favor of criminal defendants in the roughly 1,500 cases she has handled on the Georgia appellate court.

Branch vowed to “do equal justice to the rich and the poor” and to faithfully apply the law.

In response to questions from Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Branch acknowledged that she considers herself to be both an “originalist” and a “texturalist.”


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