Block Damien Schiff from the U.S. Court

Update (7/30): A final confirmation vote for Damien Schiff is expected very soon. Update (7/13): The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance the nomination of Damien Schiff. He will now be scheduled for a full Senate vote for final confirmation. Damien Schiff, Trump's nominee to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, is infamous for his extremist opinions both in and out of the courtroom. On his anonymous blog, Schiff called Supreme Court Justice Kennedy a "judicial prostitute," accused a California school district of "teaching 'gayness' in public schools," and opposed both Lawrence v. Texas (the landmark Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized homosexual sex) and the legalization of adoptions by same-sex couples. During his time as a lawyer at the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation, Schiff argued for allowing unlimited corporate donations to political campaigns and argued against environmental protection laws including the Endangered Species Act. In a 2011 interview, Schiff claimed that the EPA treated American citizens "as if they were just slaves." At the time, Schiff was representing an Idaho family that was suing the EPA for denying them a permit to build a house on a protected wetland. Schiff's extremist views suggest there is no place for him in one of the highest courts in our country, and his own words demonstrate that he lacks the gravitas and restraint to serve on the Court of Federal Claims. "