Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Controversial Judicial Nominee Brett Talley Withdraws Nomination

Controversial Judicial Nominee Brett Talley Withdraws Nomination

Neither Brett Talley, who failed to disclose his ties to the White House chief counsel's office and appeared to blog in support of the Ku Klux Klan, nor Jeff Mateer, who called transgender children part of "Satan's plan", will proceed, said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, who had told the White House earlier this week to revoke the picks. The Hill confirmed Mateer will not be moving forward.

In a speech called "The Church and Homosexuality", made in 2015 after same-sex marriage became legal across the US, Mateer said: "There are people who marry themselves".

"I've advised the White House they ought to reconsider", Grassley said as he left a Judiciary Committee hearing.

"I would hope that Chairman Grassley's request that the White House pull these nominations leads him to reconsider the breakneck speed at which the Judiciary Committee has been considering nominees", Feinstein said.

Brett Talley, who now serves in the Justice Department's legal policy office, made national headlines after President Trump appointed him for a spot on the U.S. District Court in Alabama despite the fact that he had never argued or tried a case in federal court. "We're back to that time where debauchery rules".

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Critics railed against Talley's nomination, noting he has practiced law for less than three years and has never tried a case in court. Despite this, he was approved by the Judiciary Committee.

Following that vote, reports identified Talley as the author of an online comment in 2011 defending "the first KKK." He's tweeted about Hillary Clinton being "rotten", and said his solution to the Sandy Hook shooting massacre "would be to stop being a society of pansies and man up". He will come to the federal judiciary from the Texas Supreme Court, where he has bragged of being the most conservative member, and he joined in that court's recent opinion that equal marriage rights don't necessarily mean equal benefits for public employees. Neither of the embattled nominees is for those more powerful circuit court positions. Grasz, who serves on the board of the anti-LGBT Nebraska Family Alliance, was slo rated "not qualified" by the ABA.

"Along with Brett Talley, whose nomination also ran aground today, Mateer represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Trump's campaign to pack the courts with narrow-minded elitists intent on pushing a radical agenda from the bench".

The move came a day after Grassley raised concerns about the statements the two nominees had made.

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