An inexperienced 36-year-old lawyer has been approved for appointment as a federal judge in Alabama following his nomination by US President Donald Trump, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Mr. Talley, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 2007 and is a deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, is the fourth judicial nominee under Mr. Trump to receive a "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association and the second to receive the rating unanimously. Ms. Donaldson took notes, which the White House provided to the special counsel's office. Mueller's team is investigating whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey. 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. Mueller was appointed as special counsel after Trump fired Comey earlier this year. Dianne Feinstein said Monday. His nomination advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday on a party-line vote.
The 36-year-old Talley was nominated by Trump to be a USA district judge in September. "He's wholly unqualified for this lifetime position". Talley also never disclosed it on documents available to members of Congress who are weighing confirmation. Still, a White House official said Donaldson had nothing to do with the process of Talley's nomination by the White House. Since 1989, the group has unanimously rated only two other judicial nominees not qualified.
Trump has, somewhat under the radar, moved to reshape the federal judiciary at lightning speed. The president was faced with an extraordinary number of vacancies on both district and circuit courts after Obama's term.
Federal courts have been instrumental in halting some of the policies that the Trump administration has sought to implement.