Brett Talley, one of President Trump’s judicial nominees, has expressed a willingness to withdraw his nomination, according to a new report.
Talley, who encountered pushback from Democrats and civil rights groups before his nomination was approved by the Judiciary Committee last month, faced additional criticism after it was revealed he failed to disclose information concerning his marital status on his Senate questionnaire. In response, Talley told the White House he was willing to withdraw his nomination last week, Buzzfeed reported Tuesday.
This news comes just after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, urged Trump to “reconsider” two of his judicial nominees, including Talley.
"I've advised the White House they ought to reconsider," Grassley said as he left a committee hearing on Tuesday. "I would advise the White House not to proceed."
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not disclose to reporters Tuesday if Trump had spoken with Grassley about the request, but said she would look into it.
Talley was nominated for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. He allegedly has never tried a case and did not reveal he is married to the chief of staff to White House counsel Donald McGahn on publicly available congressional documents.
Additionally, Talley appeared to have authored thousands of controversial posts for an Alabama sports fan website, taking controversial stances on issues such as gun control and immigration, Buzzfeed reported.
Talley is still awaiting a vote on his nomination from the full Senate. The other nominee in question, Jeff Mateer, has yet to be confirmed by the Judiciary Committee.