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 May 25, 2023

Joe Biden's nominee for U.S. district judge in Kansas, federal prosecutor Jabari Wamble, withdraws because of lack of support in the Senate

President Joe Biden's nominee for U.S. district judge in Kansas, federal prosecutor Jabari Wamble, withdrew from the nomination after nearly two years of Senate consideration.

Wamble has been stuck in limbo as the Senate Judiciary Committee debated advancing his nomination to a Senate vote. It became increasingly clear that Wamble's nomination wasn't going anywhere in a closely divided Senate.

In a statement to President Biden, Wamble said he was "humbled and honored by the faith you placed in me with this nomination."

Wamble's decision to withdraw from the nomination represents a massive defeat for President Biden. Despite Democrats holding the Senate, Republicans are stopping Joe Biden's judicial nominees.

Another defeat

Andrew Bates, a spokesperson for the White House, "President Biden is proud to have nominated Jabari Wamble, a deeply qualified attorney who has served with distinction as a prosecutor at the state and federal level in Kansas, who received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kansas, and who has dedicated his life to serving the people of Kansas."

While the White House believed Wamble was deeply qualified for the position, the Senate Judiciary Committee seemed to disagree.

Furthermore, anonymous reports indicated that the American Bar Association were going to rate Wamble as "not qualified” for the nomination.

Clearly there were strong issues with Wamble's nomination which raises the question of why he was nominated in the first place.

Biden previously nominated Wamble to serve on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals but that nomination also failed.

Why President Biden keeps going back to Wamble is inexplicable. Wamble is the son-in-law of Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) so he certainly has connections, but not enough to justify two failed nominations.

Two defeats in two weeks

Jabari Wamble is the second Biden nominee to withdraw their nomination in two weeks. Last week, Attorney Michael Delaney withdraw his nomination for the Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Delaney's withdrawal may partly be explained by his position on the board of a free-market advocacy group that opposes President Biden's platform on climate change, consumer protection and labor rights.

Whether that was the issue or not, Delaney also didn't have the votes in the Senate to be confirmed despite Democrats holding the Senate.

Delaney wasn't progressive enough for Democrats but also wasn't conservative enough for Republicans. That equates to another bad defeat for Joe Biden who has seen his agenda slow to a crawl.

Written By:
Robert Hoel

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