Federal prosecutor William J. Nardini on Wednesday appeared to get a step closer to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as he encountered largely friendly questioning from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Nardini, a 19-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut, was nominated for a Second Circuit seat by President Donald Trump in August. He was introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the lone Democrat to ask questions during the confirmation hearing, which lasted a little less than an hour. Nardini shared the witness table with Ninth Circuit nominee Danielle J. Hunsaker, currently a state court judge in Oregon.

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