Surprise! Trump’s new judicial pick has ties to the White House-failed to disclose (Details)

Credit: Matt McClain / The Washington Post

Trump’s judicial nominee failed to disclose that he is married to a White House lawyer on a Senate questionnaire that asked about conflicts of interests.

Brett Talley, 36, is married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to the White House counsel.

He has only been practicing law for three years and has never tried a case but was nominated for the position back in September.

According to the American Bar Association, Talley was also deemed as “not qualified.”

In a written questionnaire,  Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Brett Talley, “How can you claim to be qualified for a lifetime appointment to supervise federal trials on a daily basis when you have never yourself tried a single case?”

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Talley responded, “If I am confirmed, I will work diligently to supplement that experience in areas where I have less familiarity.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to approve Talley. The vote fell along party lines are there are 11 Republicans to 9 Democrats.

Democrats have criticized Talley’s nomination.

Now the Senate will have to vote on Talley and the vote could happen as early as Monday.


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