Controversial Biden Pick Withdraws Herself from Consideration

Controversial Biden Pick Withdraws Herself from Consideration

( – President Joe Biden still hasn’t filled all of the positions in his administration after almost a year. A handful of his nominees have withdrawn their nominations after their views caused controversy, and it’s happened yet again.

On December 7, Biden announced he was accepting the withdrawal of Saule Omarova’s nomination for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. This came after a letter from Omarova, stating that it was an honor to be nominated, but that it was “no longer tenable” to keep fighting for the job. The position would have put the Cornell Law School professor in charge of regulating banks. Biden claimed his nominee suffered “inappropriate personal attacks.”

Republicans argued Omarova wanted to nationalize the banking system. She’s reportedly written papers in the past arguing the country should allow the Federal Reserve to control Americans’ assets. In October, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) said he’d never “seen a more radical choice of any regulatory” position in the government. He wondered if Omarova’s radical ideology stemmed from her upbringing in the Soviet Union and ties to Moscow, Russia. The senator called her ideas “socialist.”

The GOP wasn’t the only roadblock for Omarova’s nomination. According to the New York Post, Moderate Democratic Senators such as Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), Jon Tester (MT) and Mark Warner (VA) opposed her as well. Their objections meant the Biden administration’s chances of confirmation were extremely low.

Biden hasn’t chosen a replacement nominee for the position yet.

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