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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the President on the Withdrawal of the Nomination of Caitlin Halligan

Today, I accepted Caitlin Halligan’s request to withdraw as a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  I am deeply disappointed that even after nearly two and a half years, a minority of Senators continued to block a simple up-or-down vote on her nomination.  This unjustified filibuster obstructed the majority of Senators from expressing their support.  I am confident that with Caitlin’s impressive qualifications and reputation, she would have served with distinction.

The D.C. Circuit is considered the Nation’s second-highest court, but it now has more vacancies than any other circuit court.  This is unacceptable.  I remain committed to filling these vacancies, to ensure equal and timely access to justice for all Americans.