White House formally withdraws Bounds nomination after McConnell cancels vote

White House formally withdraws Bounds nomination after McConnell cancels vote
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The White House formally withdrew President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE's controversial circuit court nomination for Ryan Bounds on Tuesday, almost a week after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSherrod Brown backs new North American trade deal: 'This will be the first trade agreement I've ever voted for' McConnell: Bevin pardons 'completely inappropriate' House panel to hold hearing, vote on Trump's new NAFTA proposal MORE (R-Ky.) announced that his nomination would not make it to a vote due to lack of support.

A decades-old article by Bounds calling diversity training a "pestilence" was part of what sank his nomination in the Senate.


"The nomination will be withdrawn," McConnell said last week in announcing his decision to cancel the vote.

Senators argued that Bounds had concealed the writings, which Bounds penned while he was a student, and every Democratic senator was expected to vote against him.

His nomination was ultimately sunk by Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioWhite House makes push for paid family leave and child care reform Tom Hanks weighs in on primary: 'Anybody can become president' GOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling MORE (R-Fla.) and Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTrump to sign order penalizing colleges over perceived anti-Semitism on campus: report Here are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump GOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements MORE (R-S.C.), who sources said were planning to vote against Bounds as well.

"Sen. Scott needed more time to talk to people who knew him and that’s not available. Sen. Scott said he couldn’t vote for him today if the vote was now. I support him in that decision," Rubio told reporters.

Bounds had apologized for the writings during his hearing in May, calling the rhetoric he used "overheated."

"I share the concerns of many that the rhetoric I used in debating campus politics back in the early '90s on Stanford’s campus was often overheated, overbroad,” he said.

Bounds, who was nominated to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, would have been Trump's 24th appeals court nominee approved by the Senate had his nomination succeeded.