Democrats are ramming ahead with their plans to impeachment President Donald Trump over a phone call he had back in July with Ukrainian President-elect Zelensky.
Despite the White House releasing the transcript of the call, which shows nothing illegal or impeachable occurred, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is still determined to impeach Trump in the Democratic-controlled House.
But soon after Democrats impeachment plans began to falter and backfire, an Obama-appointed judge just stepped in and issued a ridiculous order to the Trump administration.
As noted by Politico, Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the White House to preserve records of Trump’s dealings with foreign leaders.
Jackson, an Obama appointee, demanded in her order that the White House not destroy records of “meetings, phone calls, and other communications with foreign leaders.”
Her absurd order came in response to a lawsuit from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a left-wing watchdog group who has been trying to go after Trump since he took office.
The suit was filed in May before the Trump-Ukraine “scandal.”
Justice Department lawyers said in a court filing Wednesday that the White House had already taken steps to secure many of the records the plaintiffs expressed concern about. The filing also suggested that in response to the request for a restraining order, White House lawyers broadened an existing instruction to preserve records of Trump’s foreign interactions.
Justice Department attorneys said those actions met a request by the judge to “moot” the groups’ request for a restraining order.
Jackson appeared to agree.
After a telephone conference Wednesday, she issued a notice saying that the request for a restraining order was denied because it was moot in light of the government’s assurances. However, the following day, she issued an order insisting that six categories of records related to the suit be preserved.
Jackson’s decision to issue an order despite the pledge to the court to maintain the records is rather unusual. In most instances, judges simply note such a pledge and say they assume that the parties involved will abide by it. The order means anyone destroying White House records it covers could be subject to sanction or even criminal charge for contempt of court.
Below is a screenshot of Berman’s order to the White House:
There are obviously a number of issues with this order and the timing of it.
For starters, there’s no evidence that the White House or Trump administration has been destroying any evidence whatsoever. The DOJ even informed the court that it had taken additional steps to ensure almost all of the records in “question” were preserved.
Secondly, the lawsuit was filed back in May, but Jackson all of a sudden decided to rule on the order just weeks after Democrats announced an impeachment inquiry into the president?
The timing seems very suspicious.
It appears that this Obama-appointed judge sided with Democrats and issued the order to appease them despite no evidence that the White House has done anything wrong.