Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

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

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

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.

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'. Ben Sasse voted to allow consideration by the full Senate of the nomination of Brett Talley to the federal bench.

"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. It has emerged that Talley is married to fellow Harvard law grad Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to White House counsel Donald F McGahn II.

Democrats have already criticized the 36-year-old Talley for his lack of legal experience.

While Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Talley is "more than qualified to serve in the federal judiciary", Trump's pick hasn't gone down well with everyone. He's the fourth Trump nominee to receive a "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association and the second to receive the rating unanimously from the group.

Mr Talley has degrees from University of Alabama and Harvard Law School, and clerked for two federal judges. Ms. Donaldson took notes, which the White House provided to the special counsel's office. Talley once referred to the Democratic nominee for President as "Hillary Rotten Clinton" on Twitter. A number of Trump's current Cabinet members, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, also made alleged errors on Congressional documents, and Trump himself has been dogged by accusations of conflicts of interest. Talley did not mention his wife in the answer to this question, only responding: "If confirmed, I will recuse in any litigation where I have ever played a role". But should his nomination be rejected, or if he's forced to withdraw his name, Talley does have a side gig to fall back on: moonlighting as a horror novelist.

Like this: