Senate panel advances Trump nominee who wouldn't say if Brown v. Board of Education was decided correctly

Senate panel advances Trump nominee who wouldn't say if Brown v. Board of Education was decided correctly
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The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a judicial nominee who faced criticism for declining to say whether the Supreme Court correctly decided a landmark case that outlawed racial segregation in schools.

Wendy Vitter, President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE’s pick to serve as a federal judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, was approved by an 11-10 party line committee vote, according to Nola.com. Her nomination will now go to the full Senate.

Vitter drew national attention for her testimony to the committee in April. Questioned by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on whether Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided in 1954, Vitter would not give a straightforward answer.

“Senator, I don’t mean to be coy, but I think I get into a difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions — which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with,” Vitter said.

Later in the April hearing, Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) further pressed Vitter, asking whether she agrees that segregating schools by race is immoral. Vitter agreed that it was.

Vitter is the general counsel for the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and has also worked in the district attorney's office in New Orleans. She left the legal profession for a time to help run campaigns for her husband, former Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterLobbying World Senate confirms Trump judge who faced scrutiny over abortion views Collins votes against Trump judicial pick MORE (R-La.), according to NPR.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much MORE (D-Calif.) slammed the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote on Thursday, tweeting that “we can’t let this fly under the radar.”

“The Trump administration is systemically appointing extreme judges to the federal bench,” Harris tweeted. “Today, over my objections the Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of Wendy Vitter, someone who refused to endorse the Brown v. Board decision.