The Senate Judiciary Committee is set for what is bound to be a intriguing session Wednesday morning as it holds a confirmation hearing on the Ninth Circuit nomination of Ryan Bounds, a federal prosecutor from Oregon.
When Bounds was put forward by President Donald Trump last year, Oregon’s two Democratic U.S. senators—Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley—initially said they would refuse to sign off on his nomination since he was not vetted through their bipartisan selection committee. In February, the senators included his name on a list of four candidates their committee had ranked the highest to White House Counsel Donald McGahn. But after opinion pieces Bounds wrote while an undergraduate at Stanford University surfaced in which he criticized “race-focused” student groups, among others, Wyden and Merkley urged the White House not to move forward with his nomination.
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