New delay by Senate panel spells trouble for judicial nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee will not consider Halil Suleyman “Sul” Ozerden’s nomination to the powerful 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week — an ominous sign for the controversial federal judge in Mississippi.Ozerden, a close friend of acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, has faced an uphill road to confirmation amid Republican opposition.The Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on his nomination for an unusual fifth time last week.One source familiar with the matter said that it was likely the White House would withdraw the nomination based on the nominee’s lack of support.Taylor Reidy, a spokeswoman for the Judiciary Committee, said the White House asked that Ozerden be left off the committee agenda this week, but she directed questions about Ozerden’s fate to the White House.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.A withdrawal would be an unusual setback for the Trump administration, which

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