The president of the United States has described his administration as functioning like a “fine-tuned machine.”
Such a description implies a thorough vetting of those seeking high-level government appointments, yes? Sure it does.
Why, then, did a Donald Trump nominee for the federal bench fail to report something that poses a potential conflict of interest? You know, that he is married to a senior White House lawyer.
Brett Talley failed to disclose that he is married to Ann Donaldson. Talley wants to be a federal judge; Donaldson works for an organization — the White House — that could face a challenge and appear in the very court where Talley presides.
Doggone it, man. Isn’t that a problem? What’s more, why didn’t Donaldson step forward and inform the White House judge-search team that there might be a problem with her hubby being seated on the federal bench?
And there’s an interesting back story, too. Talley wants an appointment to a judgeship that serves a district in Alabama, which is being tossed and roiled at this very moment by a scandal involving Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate who’s being accused of making improper sexual advances on underage girls.
Aw, what the heck. I digress … you know?
Talley also has never tried a case. His legal experience is quite limited and one can question whether he actually is qualified to preside as a federal judge.
Is this how the president finds the “best people” to serve the federal government? Is this how a “fine-tuned machine” operates?