The federal judge in California who partially blocked funding for the Trump administration’s southern border wall has donated over $20,000 to Obama and other democrats.
Obama appointee Judge Haywood Gilliam donated $21,400 to Obama’s presidential campaigns. Federal election records also show he has donated thousands more to the Democratic National Committee. All these donations took place before he was confirmed as a judge in 2014.
A federal judge who partially blocked President Trump’s plans to build a border wall along the United States-Mexico border previously donated almost $30,000 to former President Obama, other Democrats, and a political action committee.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 26, 2019
Judge Gilliam said in his preliminary injunction,
“The case is not about whether the challenged border barrier construction plan is wise or unwise. It is not about whether the plan is the right or wrong policy response to existing conditions at the southern border of the United States,” Haywood wrote.
“Instead, this case presents strictly legal questions regarding whether the proposed plan for funding border barrier construction exceeds the Executive Branch’s lawful authority under the Constitution and a number of statutes duly
The Pentagon has approved $2.5 billion dollars to be allocated to border wall projects. President Trump declared a national emergency in February, allowing this to happen. The Pentagon is expected to shift over $6 billion dollars total to the funding of the border wall.
Gilliam’s ruling prevents the Trump administration from moving forward wall construction projects in Arizona and Texas, because he hasn’t received Congressional approval. It comes from a pair of lawsuits against the Trump administration filed by the ACLU and by the State of California.
Gilliam Isn’t The Only One
There have been multiple other judges who have donated to democrats and ruled against the Trump administration. Recently, Obama appointees, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta and U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, ruled on Trump’s Finances. Mehta ruled in favor of House Democrats, allowing them access to President Trump’s accounting firm for his financial information. Ramos also ruled in favor of House Democrats, saying that demands for records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One were likely lawful.
Oh look, the Federal Judge who just ruled that President Trump must turn over his financial records to Congressional Dems, also just so happens to be an Obama-Biden donor. I'm sure one has nothing to do with the other though. Nothing to see here folks!https://t.co/LYncbOD45I pic.twitter.com/2EGAe5r0oc
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) May 20, 2019
Left-leaning judges are expected to continue to rule against the Trump administration, both in his attempt to get a border wall built and with respect to his personal finances.