Butterfield Statement on Recent Judicial Nomination for North Carolina’s Eastern District

Aug 15, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Butterfield released the following statement on President Trump’s recent judicial nomination of Richard E. Myers to serve in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina:

“The Eastern District deserves diversity on the Federal bench.  There has never been an African American judge in the district despite having a minority population greater than 30%.  President Obama attempted on two occasions to achieve racial diversity in the Eastern District, but on both occasions the nominations were blocked by Republican Senators.

“I'm confident that President Trump consulted with Senator Burr and Senator Tillis prior to making this nomination.  Our senators should have pushed for integrating the Court.

“I will use all available means of researching the background and qualifications of this nominee.  There must be a thorough vetting prior to Senate consideration.”