During a judicial nomination hearing on Thursday, Biden nominee Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren from the Spokane County Superior Court in Washington humiliated herself when she couldn’t recall some of the most basic articles of the Constitution of the United States.
The questions that stumped the judge, who has over two decades of experience handling the law, came from Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) who is known for his quick-witted responses. The judge’s lack of knowledge, however, left him almost speechless.
“Judge, on the far end, tell me what Article V of the Constitution does?” Senator Kennedy asked to begin his questioning.
“Article V is not coming to mind at the moment,” she responded. Article V of the Constitution lays out the process by which the Constitution may be amended, as reported by Fox News.
“How about Article II?” the senator questioned to which Bjelkengren said, “Neither is Article II.” Article II of the Constitution lays out the enumerated powers of the president.
“Do you know what purposivism is?” the Louisiana Senator asked. Purposivism is the idea that judges should enforce the spirit of the law rather than the text of the law, according to Harvard Law professor John Manning.
“In my twelve years as an assistant attorney general and as my nine years serving as a judge, I was not faced with that precise question,” the judicial nominee answered clearly attempting to save face. “We are the highest trial court in Washington State so I am often faced with issues that I am not familiar with and I thoroughly review the law, I research, and I apply the law to the facts presented to me.”
Bjelkengren served as the assistant attorney general in the state of Washington, became an administrative judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings in Washington State in 2013, and was appointed to her current role as a Superior Court judge in 2019.
“Well you are going to be faced with it if you’re confirmed, I can assure you that,” Kennedy said in conclusion clearly astonished by the judge’s lack of knowledge.
“Pres. Biden’s judicial nominees should probably know which article of our Constitution gives the president his authority,” Kennedy said on Twitter following the hearing. “And basic constitutional law.”
Pres. Biden’s judicial nominees should probably know which article of our Constitution gives the president his authority.
And basic constitutional law.https://t.co/Ela2QHniEb
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) January 26, 2023
“Every first-year law student can answer these questions. This person is not qualified to be a federal judge,” wrote Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK).
Every first-year law student can answer these questions. This person is not qualified to be a federal judge. https://t.co/G5fceRuhJ2
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 26, 2023
As the Democrats continue to hold the Senate, Illegitimate President Biden has the ability to push through judicial nominees to the federal courts with little to no resistance. Biden is clearly not putting forth the best and having judges like Bjelkengren who barely know the Constitution showcases the absolute disrespect Biden’s nominees have for the Constitution as they seek to rewrite it through judicial advocacy rather than follow its mandates.
Maybe hiring based on “DIVERSITY” isn’t a good idea.
Senator Kennedy: “Tell me what Article V of the Constitution does.”
Biden Judicial Nominee: “Article V is not coming to mind at the moment.”
Senator Kennedy: “How about Article II?”
Biden Judicial Nominee: “Neither is Article II” pic.twitter.com/kmh26SZiod
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) January 26, 2023
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