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 Graham (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 Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) — and has ties to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

But Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (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 Durbin (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.

Tags Dick Durbin Josh Hawley Judicial nominations Lindsey Graham Mick Mulvaney Roger Wicker Ted Cruz trump nominees

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