An appeals court nominee has ignored a request from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, but still advances
Steven J. Menashi during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on September 11, 2019. He refused to answer questions on Ukraine, but his nomination was advanced to the Senate floor anyway. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
An appeals court nominee has ignored a request from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to say whether he played a role in White House events now at the heart of the accelerating House impeachment probe — and Republicans haven’t let that halt his move through the confirmation process.
The committee voted 12-10 along party lines Thursday to advance the nomination of Steven Menashi, who works in the White House counsel’s office. President Donald Trump picked him for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit based in New York.