President Biden’s top pick to lead a State Department human rights position stepped down Tuesday after facing more than a year of ardent GOP pushback when she was accused of supporting anti-Israel groups, first reported Politico.
Sarah Margon was nominated as assistant secretary of State for democracy, human rights and labor in April 2021, but she faced tough rebuke over suspected support for the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BSD) movement, which seeks to punish Israel financially for its actions against Palestinians.
Margon has denied support for BSD, but after months of no traction on her nomination decided to remove herself as a nominee.
Washington director of Human Rights Watch Sarah Margon listens during a discussion at the Hoover Institution Oct, 18, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
“I don’t see a path forward for confirmation, and after 1 ½ years, it’s time to move on,” Margon told Politico Tuesday. “I will continue to work on democracy and human rights, and am grateful to President Biden and Secretary [of State Antony] Blinken for their confidence in me and the honor of a nomination.”
The Biden nominee faced criticism from Senate