Trump nominates McConnell ally to powerful appeals court

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating a 37-year-old judge and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Justin Walker of Kentucky is one of the youngest federal judges in the country. He has deep ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who hailed the nomination of “a rising Kentucky star” to the second-most-important federal court in the country. Democrats opposed Walker’s nomination as a judge last year and note he was rated “Not Qualified” by the American Bar Association.