So whether or not failing to mention that his wife works for the White House will affect Talley's shot at becoming a federal judge remains to be seen. Weeks later, Mr. Mueller's investigators notified the White House that they wanted to interview Ms. Donaldson, but there is no indication that anyone anticipated that at the time of her husband's nomination.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, said the full Senate should not consider Talley's nomination until he explains why he failed to disclose the potential conflict of interest.
An inexperienced 36-year-old lawyer has been approved for appointment as a federal judge in Alabama following his nomination by US President Donald Trump, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Talley's relationship with a member of the White House Counsel's Office could cloud his judgement, Rosenson adds: "Let's say he was asked to rule on an executive order that Trump put forward".
President Trump nominated Talley in September..
Talley's wife, Ann Donaldson, has reportedly been interviewed by Mueller, which Feinstein said represents 'a clear conflict of interest that should have been disclosed'. The probe into possible obstruction of justice is a part of Mueller's wider investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. "He's wholly unqualified for this lifetime position".
Talley is one of Trump's most controversial nominees.
Talley, a Harvard law graduate and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice, has no trial experience, and has garnered scrutiny for hyper-partisan online activity. He also didn't mention her during his frequent contact with the White House lawyers during his nomination process.
"Mr. Talley served as deputy solicitor general for the state of Alabama, now serves in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Policy and was recommended by Alabama's U.S. senators", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to The Times.
Talley is the fourth Trump judicial nominee to get a "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. "He is more than qualified to serve in the federal judiciary". Since 1989, the group has unanimously rated only two other judicial nominees not qualified.
Federal courts have been instrumental in halting some of the policies that the Trump administration has sought to implement.