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 TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE's controversial circuit court nomination for Ryan Bounds on Tuesday, almost a week after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellImmigration, executive action top Biden preview of first 100 days Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight McConnell pushed Trump to nominate Barrett on the night of Ginsburg's death: report 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"The nomination will be withdrawn," McConnell said last week in announcing his decision to cancel the vote.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 RubioRubio signals opposition to Biden Cabinet picks Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results MORE (R-Fla.) and Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDemocrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Pfizer unveils detailed analysis of COVID-19 vaccine & next steps GOP senators congratulate Harris on Senate floor 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.