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Trump Judicial Nominee Failed to Disclose His Marriage to White House Lawyer

Brett J. Talley, an already controversial nominee for federal district judge in Alabama, did not disclose on a Senate questionnaire that he is married to a White House lawyer. (Image credit: YouTube)

The New York Times reported Monday that Brett J. Talley, an already controversial nominee for federal district judge in Alabama, failed to disclose on a Senate questionnaire his marriage to a White House lawyer.

He is married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II. Mr. Talley was asked on his publicly released Senate questionnaire to identify family members and others who are “likely to present potential conflicts of interest.” He did not mention his wife.

The Times notes why this is significant:

District judges often provide the first ruling when laws are called into question, decisions that can put them at odds with the White House and its lawyers. Last month, for example, judges in Hawaii and Maryland temporarily blocked Mr. Trump’s travel ban.

The 36-year-old Talley previously caused a stir when his qualifications came into question:

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. Since 1989, the group has unanimously rated only two other judicial nominees not qualified.

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