Donald Trump has never understood the country he was once, inexplicably, elected to head. In his mind, federal judges and Supreme Court justices are beholden to the president who nominates them and have full control of how that judge will rule in any case. He also believes that an American-born judge with immigrant parents from south of the border should not be allowed to hear any lawsuit involving Trump because he’d be unable to keep his bias in check thanks to Trump’s views on the border.
Clearly, that’s not how any of this works.
Judge Middlebrooks is one of the most fair and impartial Judges one can find.
How about every Republican Nominated Judge recuse themselves?https://t.co/o5PIv4ibLx
— Adam B. Bear (@democraticbear) April 7, 2022
Trump, the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice, has sued his former political rival, Hillary Clinton, along with the DNC and former FBI Director James Comey for the money and business he lost as a result of an investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. His lawsuit comes in spite of the fact that no one has ever said he didn’t have inappropriate ties to Russia, no matter how many times Trump tweeted “no collusion, no obstruction!”
Business Insider reports that:
Every federal judge is appointed by a president who is affiliated with a major political party, and therefore every federal judge could theoretically be viewed as beholden, to some extent or another. As judges, we must all transcend politics. When I became a federal judge, I took an oath to “faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all duties … under the Constitution and laws of the United States” … I have done so for the last twenty-five years, and this case will be no different.”‘
NEW: Trump’s lawyers move to recuse Judge Donald Middlebrooks from Trump’s racketeering suit aginst Hillary Clinton. Reason: judge was nominated by Pres. Bill Clinton. Recusal on that basis not commonly granted. Doc: https://t.co/FDCJN8WRDP
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) April 4, 2022
All federal judges are appointed by a president, but it’s never been assumed until Trump that they serve as puppets to the part of the president who appointed them. Only Trump expects that appointees of his at any level be “loyal” to him, just as he did the FBI director and anyone else he allowed to work in any position as a result of his appointment.
According to The Hill:
‘None of the cases cited “discussed whether judicial appointment by a party, without more, would cause a reasonable person to suspect bias on the part of the presiding judge,” Middlebrooks wrote. And the ruling in one of them “emphasized that, to establish bias justifying disqualification, a party must demonstrate ‘such pervasive bias and prejudice that it constitutes bias against a party’ — a showing that certainly has not been made here.”‘
— Jeffrey Levin 🇺🇦 (@jilevin) March 25, 2022
Trump is sued Clinton and the DNC for “racketeering,” a crime for which Trump was accused and is being investigated for in New York. There is no indication that anyone criminally or illegally in any sense influenced reporting of the investigation or invented the claims they made.
‘The new lawsuit… accuses Clinton, her campaign, various campaign aides, former FBI Director James Comey, the Democratic National Committee and others of racketeering conspiracy for allegedly joining in “an unthinkable plot” to falsely accuse Trump of colluding with Russia in the 2016 presidential election.’
Judge rejects Trump’s recusal request in lawsuit against Hillary Clinton | The Hill… Trump should recuse himself from the world & take his family with him https://t.co/ReZdiV20OR
— Stan Weinstein (@stanmerrick) April 7, 2022