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

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"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 US senators", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary.

CNN reported that question No. 24 of the disclosure form asks nominees to 'identify the family members or other persons. that are likely to present potential conflicts on interest'.

"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 is nominated to an Alabama district court.

Democrats have strongly criticized the nomination of Mr. Talley, a 36-year-old who has never tried a case and who received a rare "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association.

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.

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'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'. The Senate Judiciary committee recently approved him in a party-line vote.

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein's criticism came after a report that nominee Brett J. Talley didn't disclose to the committee that his wife has a senior position in the White House counsel's office.

A White House official told The New York Times, who first wrote about the omitted information, that Donaldson didn't play a role in this. In their letter to the Senate Judiciary committee, they simply said he lacked the courtroom experience, but with time, has "great potential" to become a federal judge.

Law & Crime reached out to the White House for further comment. Since 1989, the ABA had only unanimously rated two other judge candidates as not qualified. The president was faced with an extraordinary number of vacancies on both district and circuit courts after Obama's term.

President Trump nominated Talley in September.

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