The candidate, conservative attorney Chad Meredith, will serve a lifetime appointment in the US District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky, but currently has no judicial status in court.
Biden’s future nomination is that the president will use everything within his power to fight for the right to abortion following last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the Roe v. Wade case. Come as promised. The federal constitutional right to abortion has been eliminated, and the state must determine the right to abortion unless Congress acts.
Meredith previously served as Deputy Advisor to then-Kentucky Republican Governor Matt Bevin, defending state law requiring abortion physicians to first perform ultrasound and explain images on the monitor to patients.
“This is at the heart of what the state is allowed to do to regulate medicine,” Meredith said at the time. “Many patients do not understand the nature of the fetus.”
A spokesperson for Kentucky Democrat John Yarmuth told CNN that the House of Representatives was “informed by the White House staff of the White House’s intention to nominate Meredith.” And Democratic Governor Andy Beshear said at a press conference Thursday that his team was informed of Biden’s intention to nominate Meredith “late last week.”
“I understand that it hasn’t been submitted so far, at least I hope it means it’s paused,” Bescher said.
“If the president makes that nomination, it’s indefensible,” Biden said in a strong statement.
“If the president makes this nomination, I don’t know how he can say it’s for public security,” Bescher added.
A White House official was asked to comment, saying, “In practice, I will not comment on administrative or judicial vacancies.”
Yarmouth told The Courier-Journal that he believes Meredith’s future nomination to a court without current vacancies is “part of a larger deal on the judicial nomination between the President and Mitch McConnell.” Biden’s future federal nominations can no longer be held.
CNN contacted Meredith and McConnell’s offices for comment.