Democrats said Estrada's withdrawal and the infighting that preceded the move was the White House's fault, since the Bush administration didn't give senators information they requested about the nominee's tenure at the Justice Department.
"Mr. Estrada is an unfortunate victim of a White House process of not cooperating with the Senate and stonewalling the appointment of judges," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said during a press briefing with Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., on Thursday.
"No American expects to be hired for a job after refusing to answer questions in an interview," Schumer added, vowing that "as long as the administration continues to do this," Senate Democrats will continue to block nominees they consider "not in the mainstream."
"The Senate will remain firm in not rolling over and not confirming them," he promised.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., noted that the Senate has confirmed 145 of Bush's judicial nominees.
"Clearly, when the president recommends qualified judicial candidates and they provide the necessary information, the Senate confirms them," Daschle said in a statement.
He added that it is "unfortunate" that the administration refused "allow him to complete his job application and provide the Senate with the basic information it needed to evaluate and vote on his nomination."
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