WH withdrawing second Trump judicial nominee

GOP Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Urges Trump to Reconsider Judicial Nominee Jeff Mateer				
									By Stephen Peters

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump is giving up on trying to confirm one of his most controversial judicial nominees, Brett Talley, a White House spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday to HuffPost.

White House officials say the nomination of Brett Talley has been withdrawn, and a person familiar with the process says the administration hasn't submitted paperwork for the nomination of Jeff Mateer and does not intend to. During the course of his remarks, Mateer claimed the country has given itself over to debauchery, and that transgender children are evidence of a Satanic plot.

Critics railed against Talley's nomination, noting he has practiced law for less than three years and has never tried a case in court.

Grassley said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that he told the White House to rethink both nominations. But Talley's nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama has been riddled with problems from the beginning.

Mateer's nomination has languished since September, when CNN flagged a 2015 speech he delivered before an evangelical congregation called "The Church and Homosexuality". He later said he would wait for the White House to weigh in.

Talley's nomination has already been approved by the committee, but Foy said the statements that troubled Grassley only became public after that vote on Nov 9. HRC has repeatedly sounded the alarm on Mateer, urging the Senate to reject his nomination and those of other nominees who could seriously threaten the future of LGBTQ equality in America.

Following that vote, reports identified Talley as the author of an online comment in 2011 defending "the first KKK." The Hill confirmed Mateer will not be moving forward. Though the dossier asks nominees to name family members who hold political posts, Talley did not disclose that his wife is a lawyer in the White House Counsel's office. Late Wednesday the Senate confirmed Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the twelfth confirmation to an appeals court this year.

There are over two dozen judicial nominees pending on the Senate floor.

Neither the White House nor Talley responded to emailed questions from the Daily News.

"Not since 2006 has a federal appellate court nominee unanimously rated unqualified by the ABA even gotten a hearing, much less a confirmation", Aron said.

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