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 GrahamImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Graham on the impeachment inquiry: 'I made my mind up. There's nothing there' Rand Paul says Trump has 'every right' to withhold Ukraine aid over corruption 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.

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 WickerPay America's Coast Guard Graham predicts controversial Trump court picks will clear panel Hillicon Valley: TikTok faces lawmaker anger over China ties | FCC formally approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Silicon Valley lawmakers introduce tough privacy bill | AT&T in M settlement with FTC MORE (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) — and has ties to acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Swalwell: Depositions provided evidence of an 'extortion scheme' Intelligence panel Republican: 'How we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future' MORE.

But Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyGOP senator wants to know whistleblower identity if there's an impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: California AG reveals Facebook investigation | McConnell criticizes Twitter's political ad ban | Lawmakers raise concerns over Google takeover of Fitbit | Dem pushes FCC to secure 5G networks Critics fear Google's power in Fitbit deal MORE (R-Mo.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges On The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war Retirement bill blocked in Senate amid fight over amendments 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 DurbinSenate fight derails bipartisan drug pricing bills Senators push for deal on impeachment trial rules to avoid political brawl Democrats unifying against Joe Kennedy Senate bid 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.