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Democratic Sen. Feinstein says judicial nominee has conflict

14 November 2017

One of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees failed to disclose that he is married to a lawyer in the White House counsel's office.

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

His wife, Donaldson, actually holds three different titles in the White House: Deputy assistant to the president, special counsel to the president, and chief of staff to the White House Counsel.

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Talley's wife, Ann Donaldson, has reportedly been interviewed by Mueller, which Feinstein says represents "a clear conflict of interest that should have been disclosed".

"Mr. Talley served as deputy solicitor general for the state of Alabama, now serves in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Policy and was recommended by Alabama's USA senators", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary.

Talley, a former deputy solicitor general in Alabama, said he would recuse himself in any litigation where he ever played a role, or any case handled by the Alabama attorney general during his tenure in that office. Weeks later, Mr. Mueller's investigators notified the White House that they wanted to interview Ms. Donaldson, but there is no indication that anyone anticipated that at the time of her husband's nomination. "He is more than qualified to serve in the federal judiciary".

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Talley is one of Trump's most controversial nominees. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, from 2013 to 2015.

The American Bar Association has already labeled Talley "not qualified" in a rare denouncing of the 2007 Harvard grad's candidacy.

Taylor Foy, a spokesman for committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, defended the nominee. "She was sitting behind Mr. Talley at his nominations hearing". No one raised the issue then. His nomination advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday on a party-line vote. However, the White House, with counsel Don McGahn taking the lead, has been hard at work appointing new federal judges to lifetime positions in an attempt to give the federal courts a conservative makeover.

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A Trump pick for the federal bench in Alabama "betrayed his obligation to be open and transparent" in the judicial confirmation process by failing to mention that his wife is a White House lawyer, California Sen.

Democratic Sen. Feinstein says judicial nominee has conflict