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Kentucky’s Democratic governors releases email confirming Biden’s anti-abortion judicial pick


Kentucky’s Democratic governor TURNS on Biden and releases email confirming president WAS planning to nominate anti-abortion judge on DAY Roe was overturned in an apparent deal with Mitch McConnell

  • Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s office turned on President Joe Biden and released an email that confirmed he planned to nominate an anti-abortion judge 
  • The Courier Journal reported that Beshear’s office handed over a June 23 email that stated: ‘To be nominated tomorrow: … Stephen Chad Meredith’ 
  • Meredith previously served as Kentucky’s solicitor general and as the chief deputy general counsel for former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican 
  • In the latter role, Meredith defended Kentucky’s abortion restriction forcing women to receive an ultrasound before pregnancy termination 

Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s office released an email that confirmed President Biden planned to nominate an anti-abortion judge to the bench – the same day Roe was overturned.  

The Courier Journal reported Wednesday that Beshear’s office handed over a June 23 email that stated: ‘To be nominated tomorrow: … Stephen Chad Meredith: candidate for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.’ 

But on June 24, the Supreme Court announced it was overturning Roe, and Meredith’s nomination was never announced. 

Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s office turned on President Joe Biden (pictured) and released an email that confirmed the Democratic president planned to nominate an anti-abortion judge to the bench – the same day Roe was overturned

Chad Meredith

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear

Kentucky’s Republican former solicitor general Chad Meredith (left) was to be nominated to the federal bench the day Roe v. Wade was overturned according to an email sent to the office of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (right), which was later released to the press 

Meredith receiving a lifetime appointment was apparently a deal struck between the White House and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who heralds from Kentucky – though neither party will admit to the bargain.  

Meredith previously served as Kentucky’s solicitor general and as the chief deputy general counsel for former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican. 

In his role as chief deputy general counsel, he defended Kentucky’s abortion restriction forcing women to receive an ultrasound before pregnancy termination, with the doctor being mandated to describe what they see to the patient. 

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.’ 

The Courier Journal broke the initial story of the planned nomination later that day. 

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.’ 

She called it a ‘hypothetcial’ when then asked by a reporrter if the president would ever appoint a judge to the federal bench who doesn’t support abortion rights. 

Stumbling over her words about a ‘litmus test’ she answered the question by, again, saying the White House wouldn’t comment on vacancies.  

On Wednesday, Jean-Pierre was asked how the White House justified an anti-abortion candidate’s nomination going forward after Politico had reported on May 4 that the Supreme Court planned to overturn Roe, publishing a leaked draft opinion of the Dobbs ruling. 

She reiterated the point she made the day before about not commenting on vacanies.  

‘We just have not made a nomination on this yet,’ she added. 

Jean-Pierre then spoke of all the judicial appointments Biden had made thus far.  

‘The judiciary represents the diversity of America, including a groundbreaking new Supreme Court Justice, and that is something that we’re going to continue to do and we won’t stop there,’ she said. 

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