Democrats have turned furious at Joe Biden and blasting him for agreeing to nominate Chad Meredith, a pro-life and anti-abortion Republican to a lifetime federal judgeship in Kentucky.
Democratic US Senate candidate Charles Booker tweeted after The Courier Journal broke the story, stating: The president is making a deal with the devil and once again” and “the people of Kentucky are crushed in the process.
At a time when we are fighting to protect human rights, this is a complete slap in the face.
This is some bullshit.
US Representative John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, who confirmed Biden is poised to nominate Chad Meredith to US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, called it a “huge mistake”.
“Why you would pick him to fill a federal vacancy when you’re a Democratic president is beyond me”, he said.
John Yarmuth said the nomination is bad not only because Chad Meredith is anti-abortion but because of his actions in the general counsel office when he helped former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issue hundreds of controversial pardons at the end of his term that spurred outrage and a federal investigation.
Governor Andy Beshear said, he also strongly opposes the pick, saying his team was informed last week that Biden intended to nominate Meredith.
Andy Beshear said his understanding is that Biden has not yet submitted the nomination, “which I hope means in the very least it’s on pause.
“If the president makes that nomination, it is indefensible”.
A GOP candidate in exchange for no more blocked nominees?
Biden was poised to nominate Chad Meredith presumably as the result of an undisclosed deal with US Mitch McConnell, Yarmuth told The Courier Journal.
Mitch McConnell has blocked the nominations of two lawyers for US attorney positions there were recommended by Yarmuth. The presumption is that with Meredith’s nomination, McConnell would agree not to hold up future federal nominations from the Biden White house, John Yarmuth said.
“We were informed by White House staff that this nomination was coming”, John Yarmuth said. “I expressed my objections to it in the strongest terms I use”.
Yarmuth said “clearly someone has agreed to resign and we don’t know what deal has been made with that person, and I think that’s something to media needs to try to figure out”.
Governor Andy Beshear said Meredith should be disqualified from a nomination for his work on Bevin’s controversial pardons and commutations, saying Meredith “aided and advised on the most egregious abuse of power by a governor in my lifetime”.
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