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Collins Opposes Trump Court Nominee

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she will vote against Trump legal staffer Steven Menashi for an appointment to the Second Circuit Appeals Court.

“Mr. Menashi was so poorly qualified, he lacked the basic temperament for this position that I voted not even to proceed with debate on his nomination,” Collins says.

“His past writings, particularly about LGBTQ individuals and advocates, about women, about diversity raise questions whether he would rule fairly,” she says.

Collins says she is also concerned that Menashi refused to answer even general questions about his legal work for the President.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King also opposes Menashi’s confirmation. A vote is expected later this week.