Categories for Courts

31,047. 11/26/2019

CONGRESS/COURTS/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The D.C. Wolves and Fake News Media are reading far too much into people being forced by Courts to testify before Congress. I am fighting for future Presidents and the Office of the President. Other than that, I would actually like people to testify. Don McGahn’s respected….”

Donald Trump,, November 26, 2019 10:43 am

30,639. 11/15/2019

COURTS/CRIME/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump cleared three members of the armed services on Friday [11-15-19] who have been accused or convicted of war crimes, overruling military leaders who had sought to punish them. All three have been championed by conservative lawmakers and commentators, who have portrayed them as war heroes unfairly prosecuted for actions taken in the heat and confusion of battle. In a statement released by the White House late Friday, Mr. Trump announced that he was ordering the full pardon of Clint Lorance, a former Army lieutenant, from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, where he is serving a 19-year sentence for the murder of two civilians. He ordered the full pardon of Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn, an Army Special Forces officer who was facing murder charges for killing an unarmed Afghan he believed was a Taliban bomb maker.”

Dave Philipps, “Trump Clears Three Service Members in War Crimes Cases,” The New York Times online, November 15, 2019

30,616. 11/14/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Senate on Thursday [11-14-19] confirmed President Donald Trump’s judicial nominee to the powerful 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals despite bipartisan frustration over his refusal to answer questions during his confirmation hearing. In a 51-41 vote, the Senate confirmed Steven Menashi, with moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joining Democrats in voting against him. Menashi, an associate counsel to the president, faced criticism from Democrats and Republicans for declining to answer questions about his work for the White House or about his tenure as a lawyer at the Department of Education, under Secretary Betsy DeVos…In addition to his confirmation hearing performance, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee criticized Menashi last week for a New York Times story reporting that he wrote a plan for the Department of Education to deny debt relief to students cheated by for-profit colleges.”

Marianne Levine, “Senate confirms controversial Trump judicial nominee,” Politico, November 14, 2019 2:32 pm

30,485. 11/11/2019

COURTS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @GOPChairwoman: While Democrats are focused on smearing @realDonaldTrump, Republicans are focused on confirming more conservative judges…”

Donald Trump,, November 11, 2019 8:21 am

30,362. 11/7/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday [11-7-19] voted to advance President Donald Trump’s court pick to the powerful 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — setting up a contentious vote when he reaches the full chamber. Steven Menashi, an associate counsel to the president, faced backlash from Democrats and Republicans during his September confirmation hearing for declining to answer questions about his work for the White House or for the Department of Education, where he was a lawyer. And Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said in October she’d oppose Menashi, saying in a statement it was ‘inappropriate’ for the nominee to refuse to answer senators’ questions and that his ‘past writings, particularly about women, LGBTQ advocates, and diversity, raise questions about whether he has the appropriate judicial temperament.’”

Marianne Levine, “Senate Judiciary Committee advances controversial Trump pick,” Politico, November 7, 2019 12:39 pm

30,337. 11/6/2019

ABORTION/COURTS/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge on Wednesday [11-6-19] voided the Trump administration’s ‘conscience rule,’ which would have made it easier for health care workers to avoid assisting with abortion or other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds. Hospitals, insurance companies or local governments that violated their employees’ rights under the rule could have faced a loss of federal funds. The rule is part of a broader agenda by the Trump administration, which says it wants to expand protections for the civil rights of health care workers, even as critics say it has weakened civil rights protections for certain patients. President Trump announced the rule last May at a Rose Garden event for the National Day of Prayer. The rule had been scheduled to go into effect later this month. The judge, in a 147-page opinion, said that the Department of Health and Human Services did not have the authority to impose major portions of the rule and that the agency’s ‘stated justification for undertaking rule making in the first place — a purported ‘significant increase’ in civilian complaints relating to the conscience provisions — was factually untrue.’”

Benjamin Weiser and Margot Sanger-Katz, “Judge Voids Trump-Backed ‘Conscience Rule’ for Health Workers,” The New York Times online, November 6, 2019

30,329. 11/6/2019

COURTS/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Thanks to many of you here today, my Administration and Republicans in Congress have now confirmed 157 FEDERAL JUDGES who will uphold our Constitution AS WRITTEN, a profoundly historic milestone and a truly momentous achievement! 

-Donald Trump,, November 6, 2019 4:54 pm

30,081. 10/31/2019

COURTS/OBAMACARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Three years into a presidency that promised to kill Obamacare, the health care law has never been stronger. Millions of people buying coverage during the enrollment period starting Friday [11-1-19] will find that average premiums have dropped across the country. When consumers go to, they’ll be paying 4 percent less on average for the most popular health plans — with six states reporting a double-digit decline. The years of huge rate hikes and insurers abandoning the markets appear to be a thing of the past as the 10th anniversary of the law approaches next spring. Predictions of the Affordable Care Act’s demise — made by President Donald Trump himself and Democrats who criticized administration policies undermining the law — haven’t materialized…There may be no coming back from the next one, though. A federal appeals court any day now could announce whether it will uphold a decision from a federal judge who found the entire law unconstitutional.”

Dan Gan Goldberg, “Obamacare is stronger than ever — and a Trump-backed lawsuit could destroy it,” Politico, October 31, 2019 5:03 am

30,060. 10/30/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump is nearing a milestone in his push to overhaul the federal judiciary with conservative judges. If the Senate confirms a batch of nominees now working their way through the approval process, a quarter of the nation’s 179 appeals court judges — those sitting just below the Supreme Court — will be appointees of Mr. Trump. That number is far higher than the number of appointees to the appeals court that either George W. Bush or Barack Obama had made at this point in their presidencies. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday [10-31-19] on advancing a group of nominees, including several to the appeals court. But in a break from most other nominees over the past two and a half years, two of them do not have uniform support among Republicans. Votes on Steven J. Menashi, a White House lawyer being considered for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals based in New York, and Halil Suleyman Ozerden, a federal judge in Mississippi nominated for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in New Orleans, had been delayed.”

Rebecca R. Ruiz, “Two Disputed Judicial Nominees Could Help Trump Reach Milestone,” The New York Times online, October 30, 2019

29,900. 10/25/2019

COURTS/IMPEACHMENT/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge on Friday [10-25-19] gave a legal endorsement to the House Democrats’ impeachment probe into President Donald Trump and ordered the Justice Department to release grand jury information redacted from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The ruling is a blow to the Trump administration’s claims that the House is not conducting a valid impeachment inquiry since there’s been no formal vote to authorize the probe. In a lengthy opinion, Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the US District Court in Washington, DC, said the House clearly is conducting an impeachment inquiry. The House Judiciary Committee had gone to court seeking information in the Mueller report that is redacted because it came from secret grand jury proceedings. The bar for releasing such information is high, but Howell said that ‘to avoid a possible injustice in the impeachment inquiry, that this need for disclosure is greater than the need for continued secrecy.’”

Tammy Kupperman, Joan Biskupic, Ariane de Vogue and Manu Raju, “Judge says impeachment inquiry is legal and justifies disclosing grand jury material,” CNN Politics,, October 25, 2019 5:13 pm

29,873. 10/25/2019

COURTS/DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A U.S. judge on Friday [10-25-19] validated the legality of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump and ordered his administration to hand over an unredacted copy of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 election. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell, handing a major victory to the Democratic-led House of Representatives, undercut an argument that Trump’s fellow Republicans have made in attacking the impeachment inquiry. The judge said the House need not approve a resolution formally initiating the effort. The U.S. Constitution gives the House wide latitude in handling impeachment. Democrats began the inquiry without putting such a resolution to a vote. The judge gave the Justice Department until next Wednesday [10-30-19] to provide the blacked out material from the Mueller report that was subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee.”

Jan Wolfe, Sarah N. Lynch, “Judge validates Trump impeachment inquiry, orders Mueller document release,” Reuters, October 25, 2019 12:39 pm

29,789. 10/23/2019

COURTS/NEW YORK/TRUMP TAXES: “A lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump told a federal appeals court Wednesday [10-23-19] the president does not have to hand over his tax returns to New York state prosecutors because he is immune from criminal investigation. William Consovoy, an attorney for the president, told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Trump has immunity until he leaves office and said prosecutors would not even have the power to do anything if Trump shot someone on 5th Avenue in New York City. The remark echoed a past comment by Trump, who has said his supporters are so loyal that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose a single vote. The case, which pits Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance against Trump, is one of several legal battles in which the Republican president is seeking to shield his personal finances from scrutiny. In August, Vance, a Democrat, subpoenaed Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns from 2011 to 2018, and other records from the president’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA.”

Brendan Pierson, “Trump could shoot someone and escape prosecution, his lawyer argues,” Reuters, October 23, 2019 3:29 am

29,520. 10/15/2019

COURTS/ENTITLEMENTS/IMMIGRANTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge in Chicago had joined three others nationwide in temporarily blocking President Donald Trump’s policy to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other government benefits. Judge Gary Feinerman granted a temporary injunction Monday [10-14-19] night blocking the new rules hours before they would have taken effect. It followed rulings by federal judges Friday in California, New York and Washington. The Chicago Tribune reports that Cook County and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights sued to block the new rules, claiming the public benefits rule ‘would have imposed real and irreparable harm to Cook County and the people who call it home.’ Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has expressed confidence that the administration will eventually prevail.”

AP Staff, “Judge in Chicago Latest to Block Trump Green Cards Policy,” Associated Press, October 15, 2019

29,401. 10/11/2019

COURTS/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP TAXES: “President Trump’s accounting firm must comply with a House committee’s demands for eight years of his financial records, a federal appeals court panel ruled on Friday [10-11-19] in a major victory for House Democrats in their struggle against his vow to stonewall ‘all’ of their oversight subpoenas. In a 66-page ruling, the panel rejected Mr. Trump’s argument that Congress had no legitimate legislative authority to seek his business records from the firm, Mazars USA, because the committee was trying to determine whether he broke existing laws — not weighing whether to enact a new one…Mr. Trump is virtually certain to appeal the ruling, either to the full Court of Appeals or to the Supreme Court. But the decision — affirming an earlier ruling by a Federal District Court judge — was the first test at the appeals court level of the Trump legal team’s sweeping challenges to the constitutional authority of Congress to conduct oversight of his activities.”

Charlie Savage, “Congress Can Seek Trump’s Financial Records, Appeals Court Rules,” The New York Times online, October 11, 2019

29,309. 10/9/2019

COURTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “So why is someone a good or great President if they needed to Spy on someone else’s Campaign in order to win (that didn’t work out so well), and if they were unable to fill 142 important Federal Judgeships (a record by far), handing them all to me to choose. Will have 182 soon!”

Donald Trump,, October 9, 2019 11:22 am

29,305. 10/9/2019

COURTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “So why is someone a good or great President if they needed to Spy on someone else’s Campaign in order to win (that didn’t work out so well), and if they were unable to fill 142 important Federal Judgeships (a record by far), handing them all to me to chose. Will have 182 soon!”

Donald Trump,, October 9, 2019 9:19 am

29,187. 10/7/2019

COURTS/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “A federal judge on Monday [10-7-19] rejected President Trump’s effort to shield his tax returns from Manhattan state prosecutors, calling the president’s argument that he was immune from criminal investigation ‘repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.’ The decision from Judge Victor Marrero of Federal District Court in Manhattan was the first significant ruling in a case that could require Mr. Trump to hand over his tax returns and ultimately test the limits of presidential power. The judge dismissed a lawsuit that had been filed by Mr. Trump, who was seeking to block a subpoena for eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns. The Manhattan district attorney demanded the records in late August as part of an investigation into hush-money payments made in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Trump’s tax returns, however, remain protected for now.”

William K. Rashbaum and Benjamin Weiser, “Trump Taxes: President Ordered to Turn Over Returns to Manhattan D.A.,” The New York Times online, October 7, 2019

29,182. 10/7/2019

COURTS/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “We just WON the big court case on Net Neutrality Rules! A great win for the future and speed of the internet. Will lead to many big things including 5G. Congratulations to the FCC and its Chairman, Ajit Pai!”

Donald Trump,, October 7, 2019 6:51 am

28,966. 10/2/2019

CALIFORNIA/COURTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I won the right to be a presidential candidate in California, in a major Court decision handed down yesterday. It was filed against me by the Radical Left Governor of that State to tremendous Media hoopla. The VICTORY, however, was barely covered by the Fake News. No surprise!” 

Donald Trump,, October 2, 2019 7:51 am

28,673. 9/25/2019

COURTS/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A looming legal showdown over a judge’s order requiring President Donald Trump to give videotaped testimony in a suit brought by anti-Trump protesters has been delayed after an appellate judge postponed the trial in the case, which had been scheduled to go to jury selection in New York on Thursday [9-26-19]. Acting on an appeal filed Tuesday by Trump’s attorneys, New York Supreme Court Appellate Division Justice Dianne Renwick put off the trial so that the dispute over Trump’s testimony could be resolved. A written order detailing Renwick’s ruling did not explain her rationale but said that both the order for Trump to give a videotaped deposition and the start of the trial itself were stayed pending further action by the ‘full bench’ of the state court appellate panel on which she sits. The suit stems from a 2015 demonstration outside Trump Tower in Manhattan over anti-Mexican comments by then-candidate Trump.”

Josh Gerstein, “Appeals judge delays trial that triggered order for Trump’s testimony,” Politico, September 25, 2019 7:00 am

28,432. 9/16/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…..’These Conservative Judicial appointments will impact our nation for years to come,’ said Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who leads the Judiciary Committee and who has been speeding through Trump nominees.’ The entire Court System is changing at a record pace!”

Donald Trump,, September 16, 2019 6:21 am

28,431. 9/16/2019

COURTS/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The @nytimes. ‘This week, the Senate passed a milestone in confirming the 150th Federal Judge of Mr. Trump’s Administration to a lifetime appointment, far outstripping Barack Obama’s pace and fulfilling pledges by Mr. Trump and Mr. O’Connell to remake the Federal Judiciary…”

Donald Trump,, September 16, 2019 6:21 am

28,375. 9/13/2019

COURTS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The nation’s immigration judges lost a key leader this week, the latest in a string of departures at the top of the system amid a backlog of cases and a migrant crisis at the southwestern border. The official, David Neal, said that he would retire from his position as head of the judges’ appeals board effective Saturday [9-14-19]. ‘With a heavy heart, I have decided to retire from government service,’ Mr. Neal wrote in a letter sent to the board Thursday [9-12-19] and obtained by The New York Times. He gave no reason for his abrupt departure and asked his colleagues to ‘keep true to your commitment to fairness and justice.’ No replacement has been announced, and a Justice Department spokesman declined to comment, citing a policy to not do so on personnel matters.”

Katie Benner, “Top Immigration Judge Departs Amid Broader Discontent Over Trump Policies,” The New York Times online, September 13, 2019

28,361. 9/12/2019

COURTS/GOP/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Sen. Ted Cruz will oppose President Donald Trump’s nominee for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Halil Suleyman ‘Sul’ Ozerden, a major setback for the embattled nomination. Cruz (R-Texas) has informed the White House and colleagues this week that he will oppose Ozerden, according to three people familiar with the Judiciary Committee’s internal dynamics. That conservative opposition places in doubt the future of Ozerden, who is a close friend of acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and whose nomination Mulvaney pushed over the objections of the White House Counsel’s office…The Senate Judiciary Committee has held a hearing for Ozerden but has not yet held a committee vote. Republicans are split on whether he will move forward: Some believe the White House may have to withdraw the nomination, others want to push him through despite reluctance among conservatives about Ozerden. Other undecided senators are digging into the nomination.”

Burgess Everett, Marianne Levine and Eliana Johnson, “Ted Cruz will oppose Trump’s judicial nominee,” Politico, September 12, 2019 4:30 pm

28,355. 9/12/2019

BORDER/COURTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Some really big Court wins on the Border lately!”

Donald Trump,, September 12, 2019 8:05 am