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Trump Court Pick Knocked For Keeping Mum On Wife's Job

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Kristopher Love | 15 November, 2017, 10:55

For starters, this is a lawyer who received a "not qualified" recommendation from the American Bar Association.

Talley is a former ghost hunter who gained a cult following with his paranormal writings.

The peculiar headlines are starting to add up for Brett Talley, who President Donald Trump nominated to be a federal district judge in Alabama. Talley did not mention his wife in the answer to this question, only responding: "If confirmed, I will recuse in any litigation where I have ever played a role".

The group says on its website it is "searching for the truth of the paranormal existence" and helps those who may be "living with paranormal activity that can be disruptive and/or traumatic". "He has a cult following". "I have to say I wasn't really aware he was a lawyer as my dealings with him were as a writer on campaign".

"In the pages of this book, you will hear tales of haunted houses and shadows moving through university buildings", the authors wrote in the book. "But so is Stephen King".

Question 24 of the disclosure form asks nominees to "identify the family members or other persons. that are likely to present potential conflicts of interest".

Talley is married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to the White House counsel.

Donaldson was recently interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators about detailed notes she kept on her conversations with McGahn, which included discussions the two had about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, The New York Times Times reported. 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.

The Senate judiciary committee advanced Talley's nomination along a party-line vote Thursday and a full Senate vote is expected soon.

Talley enjoys writing horror novels in his spare time, and now serves as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice.

The White House has pushed back on the "not qualified" label.

The American Bar Association has already labeled Talley "not qualified" in a rare denouncing of the 2007 Harvard grad's candidacy. Still, a White House official said Donaldson had nothing to do with the process of Talley's nomination by the White House.

He has only practiced law for three years, and he has never tried a case.