A controversial Trump judicial nominee did not tell the Senate he is married to a top White House lawyer, The New York Times reports.
Brett J. Talley, who is awaiting confirmation to become a federal district judge in Alabama, failed to disclose that he is married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to White House counsel Don McGahn.
Donaldson oversees Trump’s judicial nominations as part of her role.
Talley was asked on his public Senate questionnaire to name any family members or acquaintances who are “likely to present potential conflicts of interest.” He did not mention his wife.
Talley has been under fire after he received a rare “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association. He s only the second judicial nominee to be unanimously rated unqualified since 1989. Talley, 36, has never tried a case.
Donaldson has emerged as a witness in special counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice. She was interviewed by investigators about Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey.