Trump judicial nominee withdraws amid Republican opposition: report

Trump judicial nominee withdraws amid Republican opposition: report
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Michael Bogren, whom President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE nominated to the district court for the Western District of Michigan, will withdraw his name from consideration, three sources familiar with the matter told Politico.

Bogren faced an unexpected level of opposition from Republican senators, including Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzIs this any way for NASA to build a lunar lander? GOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE (Texas), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Gun reform groups to pressure GOP senators with rallies in all 50 states To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies MORE (N.C.) and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyRepublicans face critical test of integrity on drug price controls Hillicon Valley: Facebook releases audit on bias claims | Audit fails to calm critics | Federal agencies hit with fewer cyberattacks in 2018 | Huawei founder says company faces 'live or die' moment Facebook releases audit on conservative bias claims MORE (Mo.), all of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also was criticized by a slew of conservative advocacy groups including the Judicial Crisis Network, Heritage Action for America and Conservative Action Project.


The withdrawal is a setback for the administration, which has put a premium on pushing its judicial nominees through the Senate.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The source of Republicans’ concerns over Bogren was a brief he signed off on while defending the City of East Lansing against a Catholic couple who opposed same-sex marriage. The couple sued the city after they were barred from a farmers market after they refused to a host a same-sex marriage on their farm.

The city’s brief defended its position in part by comparing the situation to the Knights of the White Camelia, the Ku Klux Klan and imams who oppose giving women the right to drive. The analogies offended several Republicans.

Bogren is a managing partner at Plunkett Cooney.