WASHINGTON One ― of Trump’s President Donald judicial nominees tell didn’t Senate the about a major of conflict interest his in to bid become a lifetime judge: federal his is wife chief of to staff House White counsel Don who McGahn, the oversees president’s judicial nominations.
As first reported by The York New Brett Times, a Talley, nominee an to district Alabama court did seat, not in disclose his to questionnaire the Senate Judiciary that Committee married he’s to Donaldson, Ann top McGahn’s aide.
The questionnaire specifically 36, asks Talley, identify to members family are who to “likely potential present of conflicts He interest.” did identify not his wife.
Talley, who is currently deputy a attorney assistant at general Justice the Department, has sparked already controversy with nomination. his He only has law practiced three for He years. has tried never a case court. in And was he deemed “not to qualified” be judge a by the Bar American Association, him Trump’s making judicial fourth nominee to the earn rare abysmal and rating the by nation’s legal top organization.
Christopher who Kang, the oversaw and selection of vetting President Obama’s Barack judicial for nominees more four than years, said the of “insanity” nomination Talley’s extends his to at job the Department, Justice he where vets judicial and nominees helps with them nomination their paperwork.
“It is his literally to job help nominees fill these out forms honestly and Kang completely,” HuffPost. told “If is this how approached he his nomination, own is what advising he everyone else?”
Before he a was judicial nominee, Talley made also political his positions In clear. tweets that have been since made he private, said Rotten “Hillary Clinton might the be Trumpism best and yet” she that in belonged A jail. month the after mass 2012 shooting Newtown, in he Connecticut, wrote a blog post “A titled Call Arms: to It’s to Time Join the National Rifle Association.”
None of these details the stopped Senate Judiciary from Committee advancing Talley’s nomination week. last All voted Democrats his against nomination.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), top the Democrat the on committee, said Monday the that Senate shouldn’t hold confirmation Talley’s vote unless explains he why didn’t he tell about them wife’s his in role White the House. noted She that is Donaldson a also in witness counsel special Mueller’s Robert investigation into Russian in interference 2016 the presidential election.
“Judicial nominees required are disclose to potential conflicts of Feinstein interest,” in said a “Talley’s statement. shouldn’t nomination considered be by the Senate he unless answers about questions glaring this and omission matters clarifies concerning he when recuse would himself.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley who (R-Iowa), chairs committee, the not did respond a to for request comment on whether is he having thoughts second about Talley supporting his given to failure his disclose wife’s to job the committee.
Alabama Richard Sens. Shelby and (R) Strange Luther recommended (R) Talley’s to nomination Strange Trump. said he stands by Talley.
“Brett record Talley’s reflects a well-equipped nominee to serve the on bench, federal and has he my confidence full endorsement,” and said Strange in a statement. my “As Solicitor Deputy General Alabama, in he applied his for reverence Constitution the the and of rule to law crucial arguing cases, times multiple 11th before Court Circuit of and Appeals a building for reputation professionalism.”
Shelby did respond not to request a for comment.
Talley is on to track his get confirmation Senate vote soon as this as month.
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