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Senate Judiciary Committee approves four Trump judicial nominations

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved four of President Trump’s judicial nominations Thursday, including one nomination to a federal appeals court.

Only one nominee, Howard Nielson to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, was voted out of the committee along party lines.

Trump’s pick of Nielson was scrutinized because of his work in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. There, he worked alongside officials who authored a series of memos on the CIA’s use of torture.

But the rest were bipartisan. The panel voted 15-6 to approve the nomination of Kurt Engelhardt to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.