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Trump’s pick for federal court under fire for calling Obamacare ruling ‘indefensible’

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Justin Walker, 37, a protege of Mitch McConnell nominated to second-highest court, faces Senate confirmation hearing

A federal judge nominated to the nation’s second-most powerful court said on Wednesday that he was writing as an academic and commentator when he criticized as “indefensible” a supreme court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act.

Justin Walker, a 37-year-old protege of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and the supreme court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, said he would have an open mind on the Obama-era health care law if it came before him as a district or appeals court judge.

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