Trump Appeals Court nominee from Mississippi in jeopardy after GOP revolt

Published 1:39 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2019

President Donald Trump’s nominee for a federal appeals court is in jeopardy following a conservative revolt from two Republican senators who have said publicly they won’t support him.

Trump nominated federal judge Halil “Sul” Ozerden of Mississippi to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June. The New Orleans-based court handles cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The Senate Judiciary Committee says it removed Ozerden from a planned vote Thursday at the request of the White House. A White House spokesman declined to comment.

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Ozerden is a close ally of White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and faces opposition from Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri.

They have questioned Ozerden’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s health care law.