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Senate Judiciary Committee approves three of Trump's federal appeals court nominees

Senate Judiciary Committee approves three of Trump's federal appeals court nominees

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance three of President Trump's federal appeals court nominees.

The full Senate will now consider the nominations of Steven Grasz of Nebraska to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Texans James C. Ho, and Don Willett to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Grasz's nomination attracted scrutiny from Senate Democrats because the American Bar Association rated him "not qualified" to serve on the federal appeals court because of his "pro-life agenda."

Willett also won some attention last month when he defended his use of Twitter as a Texas Supreme Court justice during his nomination hearings.

On Thursday, Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island raised new concerns about the three federal appeals court nominees being compromised by "powerful interests."

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