Biden’s Judicial Nominee Flunks Constitution Test from Sen John Kennedy, Fails to Answer Basis Questions

Democrat President Joe Biden’s nominee for a federal judgeship in Washington state flunked a basic Constitution test from Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) during her confirmation hearing yesterday.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren failed to answer basic questions about the U.S. Constitution, leaving Kennedy and other senators baffled.

Kennedy asked Bjelkengren, “Judge, tell me what Article V of the Constitution does.”

She replied with a weird smirk, “Article 5 is not coming to mind at the moment.”

Kennedy said, “Ok, How ’bout Article II?”

“Neither is Article II,” Bjelkengren said.

Kennedy could hardly believe his ears and was left scratching his head in frustration.

Next, Kennedy then asked Bjelkengre to define “purposivism,” the method by which judges interpret statutes.

She drew a blank on that as well, leaving the Senate stunned.

“In my 12 years as an assistant attorney general, in my nine years as a judge, I was not faced with that precise question,” she said.

“We are the highest trial court in Washington state, so I’m frequently faced with issues that I’m not familiar with, and I thoroughly review the law, I research and apply the law to the facts presented to me.”

Kennedy shot back:

“Well, you’re going to be faced with it if you’re confirmed, I can assure you of that.”

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Biden nominated Bjelkengren for U.S. District Judge last year with Democrat Sen. Patty Murray’s (D-WA) recommendation.

“Not only has Judge Bjelkengren demonstrated her commitment to fairness and impartiality on the Spokane County Superior Court and, previously, as an administrative law judge—she also served Washington state as an Assistant Attorney General in Spokane, where she worked on issues from child care to higher education,” Murray said at the time.

“I look forward to seeing her continue to serve Eastern Washington as a judge on the District Court, and I’ll work hard to advance her nomination as quickly as possible to consideration by the full Senate.”

Article V lays out the process for ratifying amendments to the Constitution.

Article II outlines the method for electing the president, the scope of the president’s powers and duties, and the process of removing one from office.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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