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Neomi Rao, Picked For D.C. Circuit Court, Faces Scrutiny Over Earlier Views On Rape

Rao has been nominated for a spot on that prestigious court opened by the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She has drawn criticism for an argument she aired as an undergraduate decades ago.

President Trump's nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the nation's second-highest appeals court is facing scrutiny for her collegiate writings about sexual assault, environmental protections and multiculturalism.

Neomi Rao currently leads the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a position that's been described as the Trump administration's "deregulatory czar."

As a Yale undergraduate, though, she staked out political positions that have drawn criticism for being too far outside the mainstream for someone

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