President Donald Trump faces a growing Republican rebellion on one of his judicial nominees, throwing his confirmation into doubt.
Michael Bogren, who Trump nominated to serve on a federal district court, is already opposed by three Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee — Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas and Thom Tillis of North Carolina — and others could emerge, according to multiple GOP sources. It’s an unusual conflict for a GOP-controlled Senate, which has breezed through nominees.
Their complaint centers on a belief that Bogren is no friend to religious liberty after he signed a brief while defending the City of East Lansing against a Catholic couple that opposed same-sex marriage.
“To repeatedly compare this family to the KKK, to compare them to radical Muslim imams who want to take rights away from women… these are inflammatory remarks and they were meant to be inflammatory,” said Hawley, who has been the most vocal opponent of the nominee to sit on the District Court for the Western District of Michigan.