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 TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE's controversial circuit court nomination for Ryan Bounds on Tuesday, almost a week after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Senators reach .5B deal on Trump's emergency border request Senators reach .5B deal on Trump's emergency border request 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.

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"The nomination will be withdrawn," McConnell said last week in announcing his decision to cancel the vote.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 responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE (R-Fla.) and Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottOn The Money: Trump weighs emergency declaration for Mexico tariffs | GOP senators look to rein in Trump on trade | Powell says Fed may cut rates if trade war hurts economy On The Money: Trump weighs emergency declaration for Mexico tariffs | GOP senators look to rein in Trump on trade | Powell says Fed may cut rates if trade war hurts economy Trump floats new emergency declaration to impose Mexico tariffs 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.