Neomi Rao, the Trump administration’s choice to fill the D.C. Circuit vacancy left by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, defended, and expressed some regret for, writings she penned in the 1990s that have come under scrutiny.

The nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit admitted during a Tuesday confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee that some of the language she used in those columns—expressing her views on campus multiculturalism, sexual assault and more—made her “cringe.”

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