Note: this piece was originally published at CNN, and quoted Checks & Balances member Carrie Cordero.
On its website, the group says it “shall work in coordination and cooperation” with the chief justice, who presides over the Judicial Conference, the national policy making body for federal courts. A spokesperson for the chief justice declined to comment on the group’s planned meeting on Tuesday.
The FJA says it works “collaboratively” with the administrative office of the US courts — the agency within the judicial branch that provides administrative support to the federal courts — on matters of “shared interest.” A spokesperson for that office declined CNN’s request for comment on Tuesday.
CNN legal analyst and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security Carrie Cordero said on Tuesday that the group of judges could wield a substantial amount of influence over the attorney general.
“This judges’ conference, I think, is also extremely significant, because the attorney general might be able to withstand the criticism from alumni of the Justice Department. What he will not be able to withstand is a loss of confidence from the judiciary,” she told CNN’s Brianna Keilar on “CNN Right Now.”
“If the attorney general loses the confidence of the judges, he’s done,” Cordero said.