Fox News: Hawley, Cruz urge Trump to nix judicial nominee who compared Catholic beliefs to KKK views


Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz — both Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — are calling on President Trump to withdraw the nomination of a lawyer for a lifetime federal court appointment, accusing the nominee of opposing religious freedom and expressing anti-Catholic views.

The nomination of Michael S. Bogren, a Michigan lawyer who was nominated to be a district judge for the District Court for the Western District of Michigan, has been met with fierce conservative resistance for the candidate’s likening of religious beliefs to the racist views of the Ku Klux Klan.

Hawley, a Missouri Republican and a former state attorney general, wrote in an op-ed for the National Review that “the right to religious free exercise enshrined in the First Amendment is the fundamental freedom, and we need judges who will uphold it,” adding that “Michael Bogren’s answers are not acceptable for a judicial nominee. We can and must do better.”

Cruz, a Texas Republican, issued his view in a Twitter message Friday.

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