Trump's 'Not Qualified' Judge Pick Didn't Disclose Marriage to White House Lawyer

Trump's 'Not Qualified' Judge Pick Didn't Disclose Marriage to White House Lawyer

Talley is now awaiting a Senate confirmation vote to become a federal district judge in Alabama.

It was revealed recently Donaldson was a witness for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice in the firing of former FBI director James Comey.

Trump has nominated 59 people to the federal courts since taking office in January, sparking accusations of him "packing the courts".

A Senate questionnaire asked him about elements that might present potential conflicts of interest, including family members.

'It's no secret, ' said Judiciary spokesman Taylor Foy, 'that Mr. Talley's wife, Ann Donaldson, is the chief of staff to the White House counsel'.

Democrats have already criticized the 36-year-old Talley for his lack of legal experience.

Mr. Talley, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 2007 and is a deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, is the fourth judicial nominee under Mr. Trump to receive a "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association and the second to receive the rating unanimously.

"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?"

California Democrat Dianne Feinstein says Brett Talley needs to answer additional questions about a potential conflict of interest. Geyh says Talley's failure to do so, however, seems sloppy.

Talley has only practised law for three years and has never brought a case before a U.S. court, opponents have pointed out.

Beth Rosenson, a political science professor at the University of Florida, tells Bustle that the omission is probably not illegal - but that doesn't make it ethical, either.

Brett Talley did not disclose his wife's position as chief of staff for White House Counsel Donald McGahn on his Senate questionnaire, according to The New York Times.

The Trump pick has a few other controversies in his past that have come to light in recent months.

Of course, that tweet and pro-gun rights blog likely didn't do much to affect Republicans' support for Talley.

Law & Crime reached out to the White House for further comment.

Talley, who now serves in the Justice Department's office of legal policy, has never tried a case and has only practiced law for about three years.



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