WASHINGTON, D.C., May 14, 2019 –  Following today’s Senate vote to confirm Michael Truncale, nominated by President Trump to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“Michael Truncale has described himself as a ‘conservative by conviction, not by convenience,’ called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the abolition of the Department of Education, and echoed President Trump’s inflammatory, anti-immigrant fearmongering. By continuing to pack our courts with ultraconservative judges like Truncale, who offer no indication that they are capable of setting aside their biases to fairly administer justice, Trump and Senate Republicans are undermining the very integrity of our judiciary.”