Bjelkengren in particular, whom Biden nominated to serve in the Eastern District of Washington, drew fire during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in January 2023 over her answers to questions from Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) regarding the Constitution.
Both nominations expired at the end of the previous year, and neither was included in the list of 18 nominations resubmitted by the White House to the Senate on Monday. The president reserves the right to re-submit any expired nominations to the Senate at a later date.
Kennedy told the Washington Examiner in a statement on Wednesday that Bjelkengren was right to withdraw her name from consideration.
“Biden sent us a