Democratic Sen. Feinstein says judicial nominee has conflict

Grassley of Iowa with Republican colleagues last month. Credit J. Scott Applewhite  Associated Press

Grassley of Iowa with Republican colleagues last month. Credit J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press

Talley's wife was recently interviewed by investigators working for special prosecutor Robert Mueller, according to reports.

Democrats raised serious concerns over Talley's nomination after the American Bar Association recently gave him a rare "not qualified" rating. Donaldson is chief of staff to White House counsel Donald McGahn.

Trump nominated Talley to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama in September.

The Times notes that McGahn has been influential in the nomination of young conservatives to fill judicial appointments. She was recently interviewed by investigators as part of Special Counsel Mueller probe's examination of Russian interference in the 2016 election (with an emphasis placed on the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey), according to reports. He passed the judiciary committee on a party-line vote Thursday.

Talley was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve in a federal judgeship in Alabama, despite never having tried a case in his life.

Talley has also worked in politics, as a speechwriter for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012 and Sen.

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"By failing to disclose that his wife is one of President Trump's lawyers", Feinstein said in a statement, "Talley has betrayed his obligation to be open and transparent with the Senate and American people". The criticism from the Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking member came after.

He's married to a White House lawyer.

US district courts have broad jurisdiction over most issues of federal law, including lawsuits against the president, his administration and federal agencies. But a White House official said Ms. Donaldson was not involved in that process.

Democrats - many of whom were already lining up against his nomination - said the nomination should be put on hold until Talley explains all of his potential conflicts of interest. Almost 8% of Trump's nominees screened by the ABA have received the "not qualified" label, a much higher rate than the judicial nominees of past presidents, such as Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. The president was faced with an extraordinary number of vacancies on both district and circuit courts after Obama's term.

Federal courts have been instrumental in halting some of the policies that the Trump administration has sought to implement.

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