Dems Punt Confirmation Vote on Embattled Biden Judicial Nominee

Posted 11 days ago


Senate Democrats punted late Tuesday evening on a confirmation hearing for President Joe Biden's judicial nominee Michael Delaney, who has faced an onslaught of criticism for his successful push to unmask an underage sexual assault victim.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) canceled a committee hearing set for Thursday at which Delaney's nomination was slated as the top agenda item, according to an updated committee schedule. Sources say the hearing was canceled on Tuesday evening. The cancellation means no Judiciary Committee business will be done this week, leaving Delaney's nomination to the First Circuit in limbo.

Nominated in January, Delaney has become one of Biden's most controversial nominees. Delaney faces opposition from Republicans and women's rights advocates for motioning to strip a minor sexual assault victim of anonymity while he served as an attorney for New Hampshire's St. Paul's School. The victim, Chessy Prout, and her family have vocally opposed his nomination.

But with two Democratic senators, including California's Dianne Feinstein, who is on the Judiciary Committee and has raised concerns about Delaney's nomination, recovering from illness, Senate Judiciary work has ground to a halt. Democrats only hold a one-seat majority on the committee, and Republicans appear unified in voting down Delaney.

Three left-wing groups filed a memo over the weekend expressing their "grave concerns" about Delaney's nomination. The National Women's Law Center, People for the American Way, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights called on senators to "further examine" Delaney's record.... (Read more)