Trump judicial nominee delayed amid GOP pushback

Trump judicial nominee delayed amid GOP pushback
© Greg Nash

The Senate Judiciary Committee again delayed a vote on a controversial circuit court nominee who faces pushback from GOP senators on the panel.

Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says he will call Mueller to testify before Senate panel about Russia probe Romney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption' Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R-S.C.) said during a Thursday business meeting that the panel would delay votes on a slate of nominees, including Judge Halil Suleyman Ozerden for the Louisiana-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, until next week.

“We’re going to hold him over,” Graham told reporters ahead of the meeting.

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GOP senators have been skeptical about Ozerden's nomination, which sparked criticism from some outside groups who question his conservative credentials and his dismissal of a case involving ObamaCare’s birth control mandate.

Ozerden has the backing of his two-home senators — Sens. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Bottom line GOP rallies around Trump after firing of Manhattan US attorney MORE (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) — and has ties to acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says | Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribe WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says  Mulvaney: Trump faces difficulty if 2020 election becomes 'referendum' on him MORE.

But Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyESPN suspends NBA reporter after profane email to Hawley: report Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski emails Josh Hawley an F-bomb MORE (R-Mo.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOh, Canada: Should the US emulate Canada's National Health Service? Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott Trump says he'll sign order with 'road to citizenship' for DACA recipients MORE (R-Texas) — both members of the committee — have said they will oppose his nomination.

Republicans have a 12-10 majority on the Judiciary panel, leaving Ozerden unable to get through the committee without help from Democrats.

No Democrat on the committee has said they will support him. Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats MORE (D-Ill.) had said he would announce his vote on Thursday but did not.

Ozerden had been expected to get a vote last month, but the Judiciary Committee abruptly canceled the meeting.