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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judge has been withdrawn, the first failed judicial pick for the Republican 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American Bar Association, was withdrawn.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 
in office.


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