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Controversial Judicial Pick Failed to Disclose His Wife Is WH Lawyer

Controversial Judicial Pick Failed to Disclose His Wife Is WH Lawyer”

He's married to a White House lawyer.

According to the New York Times, Talley is married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn.

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

But Talley did not disclose that on his questionnaire for judicial nominees under the section titled "potential conflicts of 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. If approved, he would, as the Times notes, "often provide the first ruling when laws are called into question", which could at times put him "at odds with the White House and its lawyers"-a topic we're sure would play well over dinner". In what foreseeable case is his wife's role in the White House going to present a conflict that wouldn't already exist?

His wife, Donaldson, actually holds three different titles in the White House: Deputy assistant to the president, special counsel to the president, and chief of staff to the White House Counsel.

US district courts have broad jurisdiction over most issues of federal law, including lawsuits against the president, his administration and federal agencies. In her position, Donaldson would be privy to the administration's legal strategy for defending Trump's initiatives in court.

He is known as a supporter of the pro-gun National Rifle Association (NRA), a former speechwriter for failed United States presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and he has blogged about "Hillary Rotten Clinton". Rob Portman, R-Ohio, from 2013 to 2015. Richard Shelby, Talley's main sponsor in the confirmation process, immediately explained why he failed to disclose the relationship. The revelation is the latest piece of information to give many Democrats pause when considering Talley's suitability for a judgeship.

Talley was passed out of the Judicial Committee on a party-line vote and is expected to come up for a full vote in the U.S. Senate this week.

Talley's wife was interviewed by investigators looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.



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