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

Trump judicial nominee did not disclose he's married to White House lawyer

"It's no secret that that Mr. Talley's wife, Ann Donaldson, is the chief of staff to the White House counsel", judiciary spokesman Taylor Foy said in a statement. She was interviewed by investigators recently about her detailed notes about conversations with Mr. McGahn on topics including the firing of the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to two people briefed on the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation with reporters.

"Talley's nomination shouldn't be considered by the Senate unless he answers questions about this glaring omission and clarifies matters concerning when he would recuse himself". While Gayh tells Bustle he can't say exactly what type of omission Talley's is, he says it illustrates the nearly careless attitude toward ethics that many members of the Trump Administration have shown so far. The probe into possible obstruction of justice is a part of Mueller's wider investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In a statement following The Times story, Democratic Sen.

President Donald Trump's nominee for an Alabama federal court judgeship is being criticized for not disclosing in his confirmation process his wife's role in the White House. "He's wholly unqualified for this lifetime position".

According to publicly available records, Talley, who recently passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee, did not disclose his marital union when asked if he had any people in his life who would be "likely to present potential conflicts of interest".

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Talley is one of Trump's most controversial nominees.

The White House has pushed back on the "not qualified" label. His main piece of relevant experience is serving as the deputy solicitor general of Alabama. "He's an unusual nominee in that he's never presided over a trial - you can't discount his Harvard Law degree, but it's pretty much unheard of for someone to be nominated for a federal judgeship without having presided over a trial".

Talley is the fourth Trump judicial nominee to get a "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. Almost 8% of Trump's nominees screened by the ABA have received the "not qualified" label, a much higher rate than the judicial nominees of past presidents, such as Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. The president was faced with an extraordinary number of vacancies on both district and circuit courts after Obama's term.

Federal courts have been instrumental in halting some of the policies that the Trump administration has sought to implement.

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