The unfolding drama of President Biden’s efforts to load the Supreme Court is falling apart.
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As reported by Republic Brief’s Donovan, citing a story by Jezebel, a rumor regarding the intentions surfaced around the beginning of July.
“Less than a week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, President Joe Biden is set to nominate anti-abortion Republican lawyer Chad Meredith to a lifetime federal judgeship in Kentucky, reportedly in exchange for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) “agreeing not to hold up future federal nominations by the Biden White House,” according to the Courier-Journal.
Meredith, a Federalist Society member, defended a 2017 Kentucky abortion law “requiring doctors who perform abortions to first perform an ultrasound and describe the image to the patient.” Notably, the Federalist Society is responsible for essentially hand-selecting Supreme Court nominees for the Republicans and insuring that they will overturn Roe.
There are no current judicial vacancies open in Kentucky, but the Courier-Journal reports that the deal is in place for as soon as one opens.”
Donovan of Republic Brief then reported on reactions to the shocking news.
The Daily Mail reported on Thursday that the suspicions were real, and Kentucky’s Democratic governor confirmed in an email that Biden had planned to appoint an anti-abortion judge on the same day Roe was overturned.
The decision was an apparent agreement with Mitch McConnell, and the office of Democratic Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is upset.
The Courier-Journal claimed that Beshear’s office provided an email stating that Stephen Chad Meredith would be nominated tomorrow on June 23.
Meredith has defended Kentucky’s abortion ban, which requires women to have an ultrasound prior to termination of pregnancy.
“If the president makes that nomination, it is indefensible,” said Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear at a press conference on Thursday. “This is an individual who aided and advised on the most egregious abuse of power by a governor in my lifetime,” Business Insider reported.
“President Biden is about to appoint an anti-abortion Republican Kentucky judge to a lifetime federal seat–apparently a deal he made with Mitch McConnell, and a massive betrayal to the people he claims he’s fighting for,” Laura Bassett posted on Twitter.
According to The Daily Mail report:
The email was sent by White House aide Kathleen Marshall, the former lieutenant governor of Nevada, who works as a senior adviser to governors.
It had the subject line ‘Close hold’ – meaning the information was supposed to be kept close to the vest.
The message was sent to Coulter Minix, a Beshear staffer in the governor’s D.C. office.
‘Thanks, Kate, I’ll share the info and appreciate the heads up,’ Minix replied.
The governor’s office also turned over to the newspaper a follow-up email from a White House official from June 29 clarifying that the original message was ‘pre-decisional and privileged information.’
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the story in Tuesday’s briefing and during a gaggle Wednesday on board Air Force One.
On Tuesday she told reporters that ‘we make it a point here to not comment on any vacancy, whether it is on the executive branch or judicial branch,’ then calling the situation ‘hypothetical.’
Democrats were outraged at the quiet betrayal by Biden to appoint a conservative judge.
“It’s an unimaginable betrayal!” said MSNBC guest Imani Gandy.
Now, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has made a move of his own on the issue.
The reported deal would have put Chad Meredith on a vacant district court position in Kentucky, but Paul used a well-known Senate rule to kill the nomination.
On Monday, Paul spoke to reporters about his decision and blasted McConnell in the process, The Blaze reported.
“This was McConnell doing a secret deal behind the scenes to get something he wanted, without any consultation,” said Paul to NBC News.
Paul said that McConnell never talked to him about the nomination of Meredith and that the first he’d heard about it was when the FBI called him about it for a background check.
“Senator McConnell — he thought it was beneath himself to actually talk to me,” Paul continued. “Senator McConnell sabotaged this by doing it in secret.”
Paul went on to say he didn’t have any objection to the nomination, but that he objected to McConnell’s tactics.
Paul also presumed that McConnell would blame him after McConnell realized that liberal objections to Meredith were going to tank the nomination.
Paul reiterated his comments in a tweet from his official social media.
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“I support Chad Meredith and supported him when he was considered for a different position,” Paul tweeted. “I think he would make a good judge. Unfortunately, instead of communicating and lining up support for him, Senator McConnell chose to cut a secret deal with the White House that fell apart.”
I support Chad Meredith and supported him when he was considered for a different position. I think he would make a good judge. Unfortunately, instead of communicating and lining up support for him, Senator McConnell chose to cut a secret deal with the White House that fell apart.
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 19, 2022
The liberal outrage at the nomination choice and the covert method used to push the nomination has effectively killed the thinly veiled attempt to please both sides.