September 20, 2019

Harris on Nomination of Patrick Bumatay to the Ninth Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement on Patrick Bumatay’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit:

“Once again, the president has put forth a highly flawed nominee to the Ninth Circuit, without the support of California’s senators. I first objected to Mr. Bumatay after his initial nomination to the Ninth Circuit a year ago and again raised concerns about his qualifications and fitness when he was nominated for the district court.

“In once again nominating Mr. Bumatay to the Ninth Circuit, it is clear the White House is doing so to advance a political agenda and remake the federal judiciary. Make no mistake, Senator Dianne Feinstein and I identified qualified, consensus Ninth Circuit nominees we could have supported – and whom the White House supported for the district court.

“A nominee for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench must demonstrate exceptional skill, professionalism, and respect for the principle of equal justice under law. Mr. Bumatay does not meet this standard. Mr. Bumatay has a troubling prosecutorial record, lacks the requisite experience, and has drawn criticism from members of California’s legal community, across party lines. It is clear that he lacks the judgment and qualifications to serve on the Ninth Circuit. 

“For these reasons, I strongly oppose Mr. Bumatay’s nomination and would object to Chairman Graham moving forward with his nomination.”