Judiciary chairman says 2 Trump picks not moving forward


He also complained Tuesday that Talley had not disclosed to the committee during his interview that he is married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff for White House counsel Don McGahn.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that Jeff Mateer, a radical anti-LGBTQ judicial nominee, would not be confirmed for a seat on the federal bench. The story follows reports by NPR and BuzzFeed News that Talley's nomination was not moving forward.

Since the day the Trump-Pence administration announced their intent to nominate Mateer to a lifetime judicial appointment, equal rights advocates worked to expose his anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and the danger his nomination posed to the judicial system.

President Trump nominated Talley for a federal judgeship in Alabama. The full Senate had yet to confirm his nomination. 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".

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.

Mateer is the second judicial nominee to be withdrawn on Wednesday. Sen.

Last month, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) was the first Republican to raise problems with Talley, saying he would vote against his confirmation because he's "never tried a lawsuit in his natural life ..."

A White House spokesperson confirmed earlier Wednesday that Talley, a Justice Department attorney, offered to withdraw his nomination. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who recommended Talley to the president, were not returned.