Biden withdraws Trump’s nomination of Indian American as judge


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On June 25, Donald Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to a seat on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. 

On Thursday, US President Joe Biden canceled the nomination of Indian American Vijay Shanker to be a judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in Washington. The White House told the Senate that it was withdrawing Shanker’s nomination, which was made in June by former President Donald Trump. 

While Trump was in office and the Republicans had a majority, the Senate did not take up Shanker’s nomination. Shanker was one of 32 nominations, 17 of them for judges, that were held over by the Trump administration and pulled back by Biden.  

On June 25, Trump nominated Shanker to a seat on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and Shanker was awaiting a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee until Thursday’s announcement. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is the court of last resort in Washington, DC.

When he was nominated, Shanker was the Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division at the Justice Department. He investigated and prosecuted violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related offenses. He also oversaw 30 lawyers who handle federal criminal appeals and draft Supreme Court briefs. Shanker was also an adjunct associate professor at the Washington College of Law of the American University.

Shanker joined the Department of Justice in 2012. Before that, he was in private practice with the Washington, DC, offices of Mayer Brown, LLC and Covington, and Burling, LLP.

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