Senate confirms controversial Trump judicial nominee

Steven Menashi

Steven Menashi

The Senate on Thursday confirmed White House counsel’s office lawyer Steven Menashi, one of President Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees, to serve on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

The vote was 51 to 41, with leftest Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joining Democrats voting no.

Democrats criticized Menashi for his early writings at Dartmouth and elsewhere that he said he regretted because of their “lack of balance and provocative tone.”

The Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), questioned Menashi over his work with Trump adviser Stephen Miller on the administration’s hardline immigration policy.

Menashi provoked bipartisan frustration by refusing to answer key questions. His confirmation flipped a key court to a conservative majority.

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