The American Bar Association’s committee on the federal judiciary said Monday that Cory Wilson is “well qualified” for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ahead of his expected hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee later this week.

Wilson was originally nominated by President Donald Trump for a judgeship in the Southern District of Mississippi and faced senators at a hearing for that seat in January. But he was elevated to consideration for the Fifth Circuit earlier this year after Trump’s original nominee for the seat, Judge Halil Suleyman “Sul” Ozerden fell flat with Republicans over questions on his religious liberty credentials.

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