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Trump judicial nominee faces brutal grilling at Senate hearing as even Republicans slam his vague answers

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Both Republicans and Democrats hammered President Trump’s Second Circuit Court of Appeals nominee this Wednesday after he refused to answer their questions regarding controversial statements and writings he’s made in the past, POLITICO reports.

Steven Menashi has come under fire for dozens of editorials and blog posts he wrote in the late 90s and early 2000s where he called recipients of need-based financial aid “grasshoppers.” He also disparaged “ethnically heterogeneous societies” and said they “exhibit less political and civic engagement, less effective governing institutions, and few public goods.”

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At one point during the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) slammed Menashi for dodging his questions.

“It is inappropriate for you to seek this nomination. It is inappropriate for you to sit there and stonewall this committee and refuse to answer any questions about who you are and what you believe,” Durbin said.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) also tore into Menashi for being vague regarding a question about school shootings, among other things.

“Counsel, you’re a really smart guy but I wish you’d be more forthcoming,” Kennedy told Menashi. “This isn’t supposed to be a game, we’re supposed to try to understand not how you’re going to rule but how you’re going to think.”

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Even GOP Senator Lindsey Graham (NC) voiced frustration with Menashi, slamming him for an editorial he wrote about trial lawyers which suggested they take advantage of the public. According to Menashi, he wrote the piece before he went to law school and it doesn’t represent his current views.

When asked about his time working for the White House, Menashi continued to be less-than-forthcoming.

“I’m just asking if you have worked or advised on the administration’s policy of separating families at the border,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told him. “I’m not asking what, just whether you’ve done it.”

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As Menashi continued to obfuscate, Graham chimed in to defend Feinstein.

“Mr. Menashi we’re not going to do this, you’re not going to answer his questions and not answer hers,” Graham said.

As the hearing went forward, protesters gathered outside and chanted, “Title IX is one the line!” As Newsweek points out, Menashi has “frequently opposed laws promoting equality for women, the LGBTQ community and minorities.”

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Trump nominated Menashi in August for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He currently serves as the associate White House counsel and special assistant to Trump.


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