Brett Talley Bio, Wife, Age, Nomination, Withdrawal and Net Worth

Brett Talley born Brett Joseph Talley 1981 is an American lawyer and author who currently serves as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice.

Brett Talley Bio

Brett Talley born Brett Joseph Talley 1981 is an American lawyer and author who currently serves as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice. He was nominated by President Donald Trump, in September 2017, to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Brett Talley Age

Brett was born in 1981 Birmingham, Alabama, United States. However, he has not disclosed any details about his exact date and Month of birth. He is 38 years old as of 2019.

Brett Talley Wife

Talley got married to Ann Michelle Donaldson, also a Harvard Law School graduate, on August 15, 2015, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Talley failed to disclose, while awaiting Senate confirmation, that he was married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to White House counsel Don McGahn. Talley was asked as part of his Senate confirmation, to identify family members and others who are “likely to present potential conflicts of interest,” but he did not identify his wife. He also did not mention his wife when describing his contact with lawyers for the White House. His wife is a witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. A former magistrate judge for the Middle District, Vanzetta Penn McPherson, wrote an opinion editorial calling Talley unqualified for the position.

Brett Talley Education

Talley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and history from the University of Alabama. He got his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as an articles editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

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Brett Talley Career

In the early days of his career, he worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher . He also served as law clerk to Judge Joel F. Dubina of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and as a law clerk to Judge L. Scott Coogler of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He served for two years as Deputy Solicitor General under then-Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, who endorsed his judicial nomination, prior to joining the Department of Justice. Before joining the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, Talley served as a speechwriter for Senator Rob Portman and as a senior writer for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

Brett Talley Nomination

President Donald J. Trump nominated Talley on September 7, 2017, to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. On his new position, he was taking over the seat vacated by Judge Mark Fuller, who resigned on August 1, 2015. A hearing on his nomination was held on October 17, 2017, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. On November 7, 2017, the ABA Standing Committee sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee , stating that it believed Talley “did not have the requisite trial experience or its equivalent”, but that it “had no questions about his integrity or temperament” and that with time and experience “Mr. Talley has great potential to serve as a federal judge.

On November 8, 2017 , the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee stating that Talley “has demonstrated ideologically extreme views that call into question his temperament and ability to approach cases with the fairness and open-mindedness necessary to serve as a federal judge,” quoting tweets and blog posts. They also asked that Chairman Chuck Grassley “not break the Senate tradition of waiting to schedule nomination hearings until their ABA ratings have been submitted, for good reason – so that the committee can have all the relevant information before it when questioning nominees for lifetime appointments to the judiciary.”

Brett Talley Endorsement

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Talley on November 9, 2017,for the lifetime appointment in an 11–9 party-line vote. Rejecting the ABA’s “not qualified” opinion on Talley and fellow nominee Holly Teeter, Chairman Grassley, wrote, “I’ll be voting for both these nominees today…. I don’t see extensive trial experience as the sole factor in deciding whether a nominee is qualified.” Grassley said on December 12, that he had advised the Trump White House to “reconsider” the nominations of Talley and Jeff Mateer: “I would advise the White House not to proceed.”

Brett Talley Withdarawal

According to Grassley’s spokeperson the Senator “has been concerned about statements made by nominees Mateer and Talley, and he’s conveyed those concerns to the White House. Revelations of Talley’s statements surfaced only after he was reported out of the Judiciary Committee.” According to BuzzFeed News, Talley had offered to withdraw the previous week and that Alabama Senator Richard Shelby had asked Talley for his letter of withdrawal. The White House confirmed on December 13 that Talley and Mateer’s nominations would not proceed.

Brett Talley Nomination Returned

His nomination was returned to the President on January 3, 2018, under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate. The White House on January 5, 2018, renominated 21 of 26 federal judicial nominees who had been returned by the U.S. Senate. However, Talley was not among the 21 individuals who were renominated.

Net Worth

Details of his net worth are still under review.