A Trump judicial nominee who is on the verge of being confirmed to a lifelong seat on a federal court despite having practiced law for only three years and never trying a case in court, was revealed to be a member of a “paranormal research group” that is “searching for the truth of the paranormal existence.”
Brett Talley, who failed to disclose that he’s married to a White House lawyer who has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling, said he was part of the Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group between 2009 and 2010, according to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire obtained by The Daily Beast.
According to the group’s website, the organization searches “for the truth of the paranormal existence” and helps those who may be “living with paranormal activity that can be disruptive and/or traumatic.”
David Higdon, the group’s founder, said its members “go into a house between maybe 7 at night and 6 in the morning and stay up all night long and see if we can see what’s going on.”
“If we go into a private house, we mainly try and debunk what’s going on,” he told The Daily Beast.
Talley joined with Higdon to write a book called “Haunted Tuscaloosa.”
“In the pages of this book, you will hear tales of haunted houses and shadows moving through university buildings,” the authors wrote in the book.
“We will enter abandoned insane asylums, antebellum homes, and ancient cemeteries. We will review stories of long-dead Civil War soldiers, of women driven insane by the death of loves and of some leading lights of Tuscaloosa who still walk in the massive homes they constructed.”
Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign manager, says he finds it “hilarious” that no one is writing about Talley’s “horror writing.”
“He has a cult following,” Stevens said. “I have to say I wasn’t really aware he was a lawyer as my dealings with him were as a writer on campaign. He’s an interesting, smart guy. But so is Stephen King.”
Talley has deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association.