Susan Collins Breaks With Trump, Will Oppose New White House Judicial Nomination

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will break with President Trump over a new judicial nominee and Trump will not be pleased, to say the least.

For a few reasons but mainly Steven Menashi is currently a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President.

The guy works with Trump and has all the conservative credentials one normally looks for in these situations.

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From The Hill: “I intend to oppose his nomination,” Collins said Wednesday in a video posted by HuffPost.

Her response came to a question by an activist with progressive groups Demand Justice and the Center for Popular Democracy, according to the news outlet.

“I’d like to know how you’re going to vote on Menashi,” the activist said.

A spokesperson for Collins confirmed in an email to The Hill Wednesday that the senator was planning to vote against Menashi’s nomination to be a judge on the 2nd Circuit…

…Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) has also expressed skepticism toward Menashi, saying that the nominee could be “Oliver Wendell Scalia”  but he couldn’t vote for him until he knew how Menashi thinks about legal matters.

“If someone gets mad at that, they need to call somebody who cares, because that is my job and I’m tired of them playing games,” Kennedy said last month. He told The Hill on Wednesday that he still hadn’t made a decision on Menashi.

From Wikipedia:

Menashi earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College, graduating in 2001. He then worked at the Hoover Institute for three years as a public affairs fellow and an associate editor of the institute’s Policy Review. From 2004 to 2005 he was an editorial writer for The New York Sun.[4]

Menashi returned to school in the fall of 2005 at Stanford Law School, where he served as Senior Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He graduated in 2008 with a Juris Doctor and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.[5]

Menashi served as a law clerk to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit during the 2008–2009 term, and to Associate Justice Samuel Alito of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 2010–2011 term.[6] In between, he was an Olin-Searle Fellow, a program offered by the Federalist Society, at Georgetown University Law Center.

From 2011 to 2016, Menashi worked in the New York City office of Kirkland & Ellis, where he became a partner. While at Kirkland & Ellis, Menashi was a Research Fellow at the New York University School of Law and the Opperman Institute for Judicial Administration for three years, from 2013 to 2016.[7]

From 2016 to 2017, Menashi was an assistant professor of law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he focused on administrative law and civil procedure.[8] He took a leave of absence beginning in 2017, to become the deputy general counsel for postsecondary service at the United States Department of Education, and to serve as general counsel on an acting basis for that department as of May 24.[9] His role as acting general counsel ended on April 23, 2018, after Carlos G. Muñiz was confirmed to that position by the U.S. Senate.[10]

In September 2018, Menashi moved to the White House to become a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President.

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