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 TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally 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 CruzWSJ editorial board condemns Trump for 'trash' Scarborough tweets: 'Ugly even for him' Progressives raise alarm over letting lobbying groups access PPP funds Green group proposes nearly T infrastructure and clean energy stimulus plan MORE (Texas), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTillis campaign releases first general election TV ad emphasizing 'humble' roots The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Cuomo rings the first opening bell since March The Democrats' out-party advantage in 2020 MORE (N.C.) and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyJustice Department investigating meat price increases: report Chinese official accuses US of 'pushing our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War' Trust in big government? Try civics education 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.