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U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, questions Justin Walker, President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia, via video conference during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 6, 2020. Photographer: Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call/Bloomberg

Republicans and Democrats sharply split over the nomination of U.S. District Judge Justin Walker for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, with both his statements on rulings on the Affordable Care Act and a recent opinion on religious liberty figuring predominantly during a hearing Wednesday.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at jathomsen@alm.com and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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