Biden Judicial Nominee Who Could Not Answer Basic Questions on the Constitution Withdraws from Consideration

by Margaret Flavin at

Joe Biden nominated Washington State Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren to the federal bench last September, a lifetime position, touting her diversity and boasting she was “extraordinarily qualified, experienced, and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.”

Bjelkengren, however, embarrassed herself under questioning by Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing when she could not answer basic questions that go to the heart of being a federal judge.

According to Reuters, Bjelkengren has now withdrawn her nomination and asked the White House not to resubmit her name for consideration after her nomination expired at the end of 2023.

“I asked the President not to re-nominate me due to the uncertainty of my confirmation, and in order to advance the important work of the federal judiciary,” Bjelkengren told Reuters. “My hope is for the swift confirmation of the next nominee.”

Kennedy, “Judge, on the far end, tell me what Article V of the Constitution does?”

Bjelkengren, “Article V is not coming to mind at the moment.”

Kennedy, “Okay. How about Article II?”

Bjelkengren, “Neither is Article II.”