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US: Senate Republicans withdraw Trump’s 9th Circ. pick

 |  July 19, 2018

Ryan Bounds’ nomination to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals was derailed on Thursday when South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott announced he could not support the nominee because of his history of racist writing.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he would withdraw Bounds’s nomination after the vote to confirm him was delayed for nearly an hour, prompting speculation that the GOP did not have support it needed to carry Bounds’ nomination.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters Thursday that the decision was made with the White House, following concerns Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) raised about the nomination.

“Senator Scott raised some concerns yesterday about the nomination and I think it became apparent the nominee was not going to prevail,” Cornyn told reporters after Bounds’ vote was withdrawn. “The White House decided under the circumstances to withdraw the nomination and so that’s where we are.”

A spokesman for Scott confirmed that Scott had concerns about some of Bounds’s writings, while another Republican aide concurred that Scott had expressed problems with Bounds’s nomination.

Full Content: Washington Post

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