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Senate Democrats are turning their focus to the courts ahead of November, warning that Republicans and President Trump have "captured" the federal judiciary.
The strategy comes as the courts have emerged as a lightning rod during the Trump administration that increasingly fires up Democratic voters in the wake of recent high-profile court battles.
"Will it be an important issue in the campaign? Absolutely. ... Average folks who see their rights being taken away by the courts, particularly on healthcare, are able to see what the courts are doing," said Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThe Democrats' out-party advantage in 2020 Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' MORE (D-N.Y.).
Schumer added that the "hard right" had focused for decades on trying to remake the federal judiciary, saying "it's a plan that will really hurt the average American and we aim to both expose it and do whatever we can to stop it."
Democrats released a 54-page report on Wednesday on how Republicans had "captured" the courts and detailing the impact Republicans have had on the court, with nearly 200 judicial nominees confirmed since President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE took office in 2017.
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