Federal judge nominee questioned about controversial comments

A lawyer nominated by President Trump to be a federal judge will face questions about his comments about transgender and gay people.

Jeff Mateer is the number two lawyer in the Texas attorney general’s office.

Two years ago in a speech he called transgender children part of “Satan’s plan.” He was also critical of gay marriage.

Mateer was nominated to be a judge in the eastern district of Texas, which stretches from Sherman to Beaumont.

He must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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