The Fight for Federal Court Nominees 👨‍⚖️

 Yuri Gripas/Reuters/Newscom

Yuri Gripas/Reuters/Newscom

Scratch the vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) withdrew the nomination of Ryan Bounds for judgeship on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court. Two Republican Senators, Tim Scott of Alabama and Marco Rubio of Florida, came out in opposition to the nomination due to a series of writings about race that Bounds authored in college. The White House decided to withdraw the nomination before the vote rather than let it fail.

 

What did he write?

Bounds wrote several articles in college for the Stanford Review speaking out against “ethnic organizations” and multiculturalism. During the confirmation hearings, he apologized for the “obnoxious tone” in the articles and noted that his views have changed since then.



The right focuses on the impact, or lack thereof, this will have on Trump's Supreme Court nomination. They state that the left has found no racially insensitive writings by Brett Kavanaugh. Some articles question the timing of Scott and Rubio’s opposition since neither had raised any concerns earlier in the process. They criticize the concerns of Bound’s writing to be unfounded since the writings "were mainstream, defensible, and absent of any hint of hostility toward anyone based on his race."

The left is delighted that Senate Democrats were able to deal a rare setback to the White House’s process for appointing judges to federal courts. They note that Senator Scott, the GOP’s lone African American Senator, was key to this victory. Democrats are now demanding that Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, also be examined more closely in light of these events - specifically looking at his paper trail extending back to college. 

Impact on the Supreme Court nomination

The Bounds nomination has set off a fight between Democrats and Republicans on "how broad the Kavanaugh document search should be" given the millions of documents he worked with throughout the George W. Bush administration. Brett Kavanaugh has yet to have any reported writings that could doom his nomination. However, a very broad search increases the probability of some offensive material surfacing, if it exists at all. 

Dems are on the hunt


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