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Ryan Bounds

Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
Nominated September 7, 2017

Sen. Wyden on Oregon bipartisan process of vetting federal judicial candidates
(Democrat - Oregon) 09/25/17 
Sens. Wyden and Merkley have said they will fight Bounds’ confirmation because he was not vetted by a bipartisan committee. Through a spokesman, Wyden said Trump cut ahead of Oregon’s traditional vetting process – currently underway but not yet completed.... “The process has long been done by a committee of Oregonians that considers applicants from our state’s legal community,” Wyden’s spokesman Hank Stern said in an email. “That process is underway and Oregon’s senators have explained to the White House that this process is part of a long, bipartisan tradition of judicial nominees being thoroughly vetted by a committee of Oregonians in order both to ensure the highest quality candidate and to avoid any taint of nepotism and patronage in a lifetime judicial appointment.”

Sens. Wyden & Merkley letter to White House Counsel 
(Democrat - Oregon) 09/07/17 
“As you are aware, in May we wrote you to explain Oregon’s long bipartisan tradition of working together to identify the most qualified candidates for judicial vacancies, ... “You have demonstrated that you were only interested in our input if we were willing to preapprove your preferred nominee... The judicial selection process is not a rubber stamp, and the insinuation that our offices were purposefully delaying the process is an indication of the partisanship with which you are pursing this nomination.

Senator Feinstein, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member: Setting the record straight on judicial nominees and blue slip
(Democrat - California) 09/25/17 
Editorial memo on history of the blue slip and consultation with home-state Senators on judicial nominees

10 Things You Need To Know About Blue Slips: Republicans repeatedly used the tradition to block President Obama’s judicial nominees. (Huffington Post, 09/13/17) Christopher Kang, Former Deputy Counsel to President Obama

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