Trump Judicial Pick Withdraws Name 12/14 06:17
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of President Donald Trump's nominees for federal
judge has been withdrawn, the first failed judicial pick for the Republican
White House officials said Wednesday the nomination of Brett Talley, who has
never argued a case in court and was rated "unanimously unqualified" by the
American Bar Association, was withdrawn. The selection had faced criticism from
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Another nominee, Jeff Mateer, also was going nowhere, as a person familiar
with the process said the administration hasn't submitted paperwork for the
nomination to the Senate and does not intend to. The official spoke on
condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations.
Grassley had told reporters earlier Wednesday the two nominees would not be
moving ahead toward votes in the Senate. He said in an interview with CNN on
Tuesday that he told the White House to rethink both nominations.
In speeches, Mateer has described transgender children as evidence of
"Satan's plan." He was tapped to be a federal judge in Texas.
Despite these two failures, Trump has had much success in filling judicial
openings. Senate Republicans are determined to get Trump's nominees confirmed
quickly, a priority of many conservative voters.
On Wednesday, the Senate voted 50-47 to confirm Don Willett, a justice on
the Texas Supreme Court, to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth
Circuit. Willett was the 11th federal appeals court judge to be confirmed this
President Barack Obama had three appellate judges approved in his first year