According to a report from Heritage Foundation, President Donald Trump has confirmed more federal judges in his first 4 years than any president in 40 years.
Trump has now confirmed 218 judges to Article III courts: the “Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. courts of appeals, the U.S. district courts and the U.S. Court of International Trade.”
Breitbart News reports that Trump has appointed more than any president since Jimmy Carter:
No president in the past four decades has appointed more judges in a first term. The only one who appointed more was Jimmy Carter, who appointed 248 — but he had the advantage of an expanded federal judiciary.
Under Carter, Congress added 152 new judgeships — nearly one-third of the previous total — and Carter filled them quickly. (Democrats want to expand and “pack” the Supreme Court if Joe Biden wins the 2020 election — not because of a backlog in the courts, which Carter faced, but for ideological reasons.)
Trump has also appointed 53 appellate judges, leaving no vacancies on that level.
Despite his unprecedented pace, there are still 64 vacancies on the federal bench.