Democratic Sen. Feinstein says judicial nominee has conflict


Talley did not include this information on a Senate questionnaire when asked about conflicts of interests, according to The New York Times. She was recently interviewed by investigators as part of Special Counsel Mueller probe's examination of Russian interference in the 2016 election (with an emphasis placed on the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey), according to reports.

Democrats have already criticized the 36-year-old Talley for his lack of legal experience.

Talley was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve in a federal judgeship in Alabama, despite never having tried a case in his life. He became the fourth Trump judicial nominee to get the rare "not qualified" score from the American Bar Association.

Brett Talley 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. Ms. Donaldson took notes, which the White House provided to the special counsel's office.

Talley has come under fire following his approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week on a party-line vote. Geyh says Talley's failure to do so, however, seems sloppy.

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So what do we know about Talley?

Beth Rosenson, a political science professor at the University of Florida, tells Bustle that the omission is probably not illegal - but that doesn't make it ethical, either. "You might question whether he could rule without factoring in his wife's role in the Administration".

Talley had a prolific online media presence prior to his nomination; Talley referred to Hillary Clinton as "Hillary Rotten Clinton" on his public Twitter account which has since been made private, and pledged his total support for the National Rifle Association one month after the Sandy Hook school shooting where a gunman killed 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Connecticut in 2013.

Of course, that tweet and pro-gun rights blog likely didn't do much to affect Republicans' support for Talley. Talley also never disclosed it on documents available to members of Congress who are weighing confirmation. Weeks later, Mr. Mueller's investigators notified the White House that they wanted to interview Ms. Donaldson, but there is no indication that anyone anticipated that at the time of her husband's nomination. But should his nomination be rejected, or if he's forced to withdraw his name, Talley does have a side gig to fall back on: moonlighting as a horror novelist.