WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a federal appeals court nominee from Mississippi, despite Democratic objections over derisive comments he made about former President Barack Obama and his signature health care legislation.
The GOP-led panel endorsed Mississippi Appeals Court Judge Cory Wilson on Thursday on a 12-10, party-line vote.
The nomination now goes to the full Senate.
Wilson is a former Republican state legislator who has been on the state appeals court for 16 months.
He was nominated by President Donald Trump for a seat on the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.