Citing “virulent prejudice,” former president Donald Trump needs the decide overseeing his RICO case in opposition to Hillary Clinton to recuse himself as a result of he was appointed by Invoice Clinton!
Trump sued Hillary Clinton final month, accusing her — and several other different defendants linked to her 2016 marketing campaign, together with the Democratic Social gathering, the DOJ, and the FBI — of finishing up an “unthinkable plot” to tie his 2016 marketing campaign to the Russian authorities.
The lawsuit was filed within the Southern District of Florida, the place Trump lives. Decide Donald Middlebrooks, who Invoice Clinton appointed to the court docket in 1997, was assigned to supervise the case.
“On account of the truth that the Defendant, Hillary Clinton, is being sued by her former opponent for the US Presidency, an election that she misplaced, relating to severe allegations on her half, in addition to her allies, of partaking in fraudulent and illegal actions in opposition to the Plaintiff, and since her husband nominated Decide Middlebrooks to the Federal Bench, there exists an affordable foundation that Decide Middlebrooks’ impartiality might be questioned,” Trump’s attorneys mentioned in a latest court docket submitting.
“On account of the truth that Decide Middlebrooks has a relationship to the Defendant, Hillary Clinton’s husband, by the use of his nomination as Decide to this Court docket, this quantities to prejudice so virulent or pervasive as to represent bias in opposition to a celebration,” the submitting continued.
Whereas Trump’s declare might maintain some benefit, as Politico reported, it’s exceedingly uncommon for courts to grant motions in search of the recusal of judges primarily based on the political celebration of the president who nominated them.
Trump’s sweeping racketeering lawsuit in opposition to Clinton and the opposite defendants accused them of conspiring to manufacture proof tying him to “a hostile international sovereignty.”
Hillary Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill mentioned in an earlier assertion to the press when the lawsuit was first filed that the swimsuit was “nonsense.” There was no remark from the Clinton camp to this point on the request for Middlebrooks’s recusal.