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Feinstein Statement on District Court Nominee Jeff Mateer

Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in response to reports that Jeff Mateer, President Trump’s nominee to the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, gave a speech where he defended conversion therapy, said transgender children were part of “Satan’s plan” and suggested same-sex marriage could lead to bestiality and polygamy:

“Jeff Mateer has expressed reprehensible views about LGBT Americans. There’s no question these views cast serious doubt on his ability to fairly enforce federal law and treat people impartially, a subject committee Democrats will be sure to tackle at his nomination hearing.”