A Republican senator on Wednesday appeared to corroborate Democrats’ complaints that the Trump administration has been trying to strong-arm its judicial picks through Congress instead of consulting with lawmakers to find mutually agreeable candidates.
Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) told his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee that White House Counsel Don McGahn had been “very firm . . . to the point that he was on the scarce side, in one conversation, of being polite,” in informing him that the administration’s nominee to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 5th District was attorney Kyle Duncan — someone he had never met.
“Full credit: [McGahn] came back later and apologized,” Kennedy said. “But his firmness he did not relent on.”