Brett Talley, Trump's pick to fill a federal district court seat in Alabama, went out of his way to defend the original intent of the Ku Klux Klan in comments he made under an alias online.
"It was only after the perceived depredations of the Union army during reconstruction that Forrest joined (it is highly unlikely that he founded or acted as the Grand Wizard) the first KKK, which was entirely different than the KKK of the early 19th Century." " When the Klan turned to racial violence, he distanced himself from the organization as he had long supported the reconciliation of the races."
The New York Times reported Monday that Brett J. Talley, an already controversial nominee for federal district judge in Alabama, failed to disclose on a Senate questionnaire his marriage to a White House lawyer.
On his questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee, a copy of which was provided to The Daily Beast, Talley says that he was part of The Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group from 2009-2010. The group, according to its website, searches for the truth “of the paranormal existence” in addition to helping “those who may be living with paranormal activity that can be disruptive and/or traumatic.”