Biden Judicial Nominee Stumped by Sen. Kennedy’s Questions About Constitution

Joe Biden doesn’t even expect his judicial nominees to know which article of the Constitution establishes the office of the presidency, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) concluded after stumping one of Biden’s nominees during a Judiciary Committee hearing.

“Article II of the U.S. Constitution establishes the office of the president. Apparently Pres. Biden doesn’t expect his own nominees to the federal bench to know that, or be familiar with the Constitution in general,” Sen. Kennedy tweeted Thursday.

Kennedy’s tweet introduces video clips from Wednesday’s hearing, where he questioned Spokane County Superior Court Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren, Pres. Biden’s nominee to serve as a federal judge in the Eastern District of Washington.

When Kennedy asked Bjelkengren to “Tell me what Article V of the Constitution does,” she replied that “Article V is not coming to mind, at the moment.”

“How about Article II?” Kennedy asked. “Neither is Article II,” Bjelkengren said.


In the video, Sen. Kennedy then scratches his head and baffles Bjelkengren with his final question by asking her to explain a legal issue currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.


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