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Oregon's Wyden, Merkley Vow To Block Trump Pick For 9th Circuit, Ryan Bounds


Oregon’s two Democratic U.S. Senators on Thursday informed the White House they won’t approve President Donald Trump’s nomination of federal prosecutor Ryan Bounds to sit on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals until he goes through a bipartisan review process — essentially vowing to block consideration of Bounds until they give their OK.

In a Sept. 7 letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley noted that they had asked the Trump lawyer to direct names of all potential nominees to a committee they were setting up with Walden, one that they said was in keeping with “Oregon’s long bipartisan tradition of working together to identify the most qualified candidates for judicial vacancies.”

But on Thursday morning the Trump administration announced Bounds’ nomination for the powerful appeals court position along with several other nominees around the country — sparking the two Senators to communicate their displeasure.

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