April 10th, 2010
09:53 AM ET
13 years ago

Top Obama Justice nominee withdraws

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/01/art.getty.obama.stern.jpg caption="President Obama lost one of his nominees to a Justice Department post."]Washington (CNN) - A controversial Obama administration nominee to a powerful Justice Department post announced Friday that she has withdrawn her nomination in the face of unrelenting Republican opposition.

Dawn Johnsen, an outspoken champion of abortion rights and a harsh critic of Bush administration policies on detention of terrorism suspects, was nominated twice by President Obama to lead the prestigious Office of Legal Counsel.

Johnsen has remained a top target of Republican critics for a second consecutive year and her nomination got stuck in the full Senate without a vote.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Only the senate can destroy democracy, by not allowing an up or down vote.

    April 10, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The President should have pushed her through, she would have been great!

    April 10, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. dp

    Republicans, party of NO.

    April 10, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Sandy SC

    So now this is what we have to face. Scared Republicans who don't or want take a job to help this country. If Obama would pick a Democrat then they will object also. Can we please get something done in this country except NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    April 10, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Oregon Calling

    Take back America, VOTE so that we may have a decent, compassionate SC Judge.

    Knowing that ALL Republicans in Congress will vote lock step against President Obama, make sure to think about your vote and watch what tactics will be used to block any person that is not very conservative.

    We need someone that understands actual AVERAGE American people. Look outside the box and perhaps look for some one that is intelligent, compassionate and can reach the BROADER middle.

    I encourage any American that believes that they have what it takes to be a SC Justice to step up the plate and submit your application for this job.

    People on both sides say that they want "THEIR" country back but will "WE THE PEOPLE" stand behind an AVERAGE American and let their voices to be heard to thier Representative in both houses of Congress.

    Peace 🙂

    April 10, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans don't want a well educated woman, they like dumb uneducated women like Palin who they can play footsy with.

    April 10, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. chris l

    Take back America. Do not allow the Radical Socialist Liberal Party led by OBOZO continue to push their radical agenda as well as their Radical appointments. Republicans should continue to say NO. Saying no to OBOZO is saying no to Radicalism and will be rewarded by real Americans come Nov. The Radicals will be obliterated in Nov by the biggest landslide victory in the history of mid term elections. As far as Obozo, he will be luck not to get impeached or just thrown out of office due to revolution before 2012.

    April 10, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Danny Cali

    Who care we still have so many people qualify for this Job, Mr. President just get new one please.

    April 10, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |

    she supported death all the way around abortions to terrorism
    set the terrorist free to go back to killing us and abort the ones they miss
    i will never understand why the libs are against the death penalty for murderers that are proven guilty but support the killing of an innocent life form of a human and complain about cutting a tree down and now they advocating killing americans without even a trial that is f u or to be politically correct now biden style i guess its no BFD

    April 10, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Enough with the "in yo' face" radical lawyers who will never be confirmed. Surely there are a few competent centrist candidates who are superficially acceptable to the Repellicans but are undercover "stealth" liberals.

    April 10, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Ann


    April 10, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Gus

    of course the Republicans are the Party of NO to anyone that disagrees with their radical "christian" views.

    April 10, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Independent Supports President Obama

    I don't blame her. Republicans are destroying our country with their childish games. They are obstructing everything our President wants to do because they are racists. They want President Obama to fail and our country to fail so they can get re-elected.

    April 10, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Darnell

    Have you seen that Clorox commercial yet where they list a bunch of different nicknames for the toilet. One of the names they name is the "Oval Office". I have never it heard the comode called that before this administration took over...pretty appropriate now though!

    April 10, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Ahmed

    Well that's why they are there.

    April 10, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. vwrtb

    Great defeat for women! Thanks again republicans!

    April 10, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Pkm

    Will the dang gop stop trying to over turn rowe vs wade when will you learn your moral party stinks

    April 10, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |