Are the judges Trump appointed loyal to him?
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Trump Strikes Out Before His Judges
Guess whose appointees keep putting the law above political loyalty?
By The Editorial Board, WSJ
Dec. 2, 2022 6:52 pm ET
Remember how liberals claimed that Donald Trump’s judicial appointees would serve as legal bodyguards, shielding him in his post-Presidency? Sorry to disappoint.
On Thursday an Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel dismissed Mr. Trump’s objections to the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search and district Judge Aileen Cannon’s appointment of a special master to review seized documents. The panel included Chief Judge William Pryor, who was appointed by George W. Bush, and Trump-appointees Britt Grant and Andrew Brasher.
“The law is clear. We cannot write a rule that allows any subject of a search warrant to block government investigations after the execution of the warrant,” the panel wrote. “Nor can we write a rule that allows only former presidents to do so. Either approach would be a radical reordering of our caselaw limiting the federal courts’ involvement in criminal investigations. And both would violate bedrock separation-of-powers limitations.”
Liberals claimed that the special master appointment in September by Judge Cannon, also a Trump appointee, augured the end of an independent judiciary. You don’t hear them recanting their prophesies now that she has been overruled by two other Trump appointees. Nor their political attacks on Judges Brasher and Grant when they were nominated.
The NAACP called Judge Brasher’s record “one of extremism and bias, rather than impartiality and fairness.” The Alliance for Justice accused Judge Grant of “advocating against civil rights, women’s rights, health care, and workers’ rights.” The chief distinction of Trump appointees, the outfit said, is “absolute adherence to right-wing ideology.”
How about adherence to the law and respect for the separation of powers? Last week the Supreme Court, which includes three Trump appointees, declined to block the release of Mr. Trump’s tax returns to Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Last year federal district Judge Trevor McFadden, another Trump appointee, also ruled against the former President. Mr. Trump was “wrong on the law,” Judge McFadden wrote. “A long line of Supreme Court cases requires great deference to facially valid congressional inquiries.” He added that “courts are loath to second guess congressional motives or duly enacted statutes.”
Mr. Trump often complains about judges who rule against him, including at the Supreme Court. But the truth is that the former President consistently appointed judges whose first loyalty is to the law and Constitution. Democrats and the press corps won’t credit the Trump judges for these independent rulings, but we thought readers might like to know.