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

Grassley of Iowa with Republican colleagues last month. Credit J. Scott Applewhite  Associated Press

Talley, who has never tried a case, is also known for his pro-gun blog posts.

A White House official told The New York Times, who first wrote about the omitted information, that Donaldson didn't play a role in this. A Senate questionnaire asked him about elements that might present potential conflicts of interest, including family members.

Talley's wife, Ann Donaldson, has reportedly been interviewed by Mueller, which Feinstein says represents "a clear conflict of interest that should have been disclosed".

Ms. Donaldson has emerged in recent weeks as a witness in the special counsel's investigation into whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice. Mueller was appointed as special counsel after Trump fired Comey earlier this year. Dianne Feinstein said Monday. However, the White House, with counsel Don McGahn taking the lead, has been hard at work appointing new federal judges to lifetime positions in an attempt to give the federal courts a conservative makeover.

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Talley is one of Trump's most controversial nominees.

The White House has pushed back on the "not qualified" label. In their letter to the Senate Judiciary committee, they simply said he lacked the courtroom experience, but with time, has "great potential" to become a federal judge. Since 1989, the group has unanimously rated only two other judicial nominees not qualified. 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.

Nonetheless, it's not the only problem Talley has had with his nomination so far.

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