Brett Talley, President Trump’s nominee to be a federal district judge in Alabama despite only practicing law for three years and never trying a case in court, failed to disclose to Congress that he is married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to the White House counsel, The New York Times reported.
Talley was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to a lifetime appointment on the federal district court for the Middle District of Alabama in an 11-9, party-line.
According to the Times, the American Bar Association (ABA) reportedly unanimously declared Talley “not qualified” ahead of his confirmation, becoming the forth of Trump’s judicial nominees to be deemed unqualified by the ABA.
The Senate could vote on Talley’s nomination as early as Monday.
The Hill added:
Talley’s wife was interviewed by investigators looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. She was interviewed about conversations with her boss, White House counsel Donald McGahn, about the firing of James Comey as FBI director and other topics, according to the Times.