On a nearly party-line vote, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed a controversial nominee to serve as a federal judge in Utah, with all Democrats and one Republican opposing Howard Nielson for the lifetime job.
Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney, both Utah Republicans,supported Nielson’s nomination by President Donald Trump.
“It was an honor to help confirm Judge Nielson to the United States District Court for the District of Utah,” the senators said in a statement. “He is an extremely qualified nominee and will serve the court with honor and integrity.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who has pushed to confirm a long list of Trump's choices for the judiciary, including two justices on the Supreme Court, said Nielson had “assembled an impressive record at the Department of Justice and in the private sector” and touted other nominees up for a vote Wednesday as well.
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