Oh, noes: Trump appeal now goes to court headed by Merrick Garland

Oh, noes: Trump appeal now goes to court headed by Merrick Garland
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

[Ed. – ‘Twitter users can’t stop laughing at the irony of the situation,’ advises the HuffPost teaser, but this is much ado about nothing. As even one of the Twitter laughers writes, ‘I wish I could say revenge is a dish best served cold, but Merrick Garland is a consummate legal professional who I’m sure will do everything possible to avoid the appearance of any bias.’]

President Donald Trump’s attorneys have vowed to appeal Monday’s decision in favor of a House committee seeking his financial records, but people on Twitter were thrilled about where the case will end up.

“We will be filing a timely notice of appeal to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals,” Trump attorney Jay Sekulow told Politico.

The current chief judge there is Merrick Garland, whom President Barack Obama nominated to the Supreme Court in 2016 after Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died.

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Senate Republicans stalled the nomination, refusing to vote or even hold a hearing until after the presidential election. Trump won and appointed Neil Gorsuch instead, which meant Garland remained on the D.C. Circuit, where he could now play a role in the looming showdown between the president and House Democrats.

Cases are heard by panels of three judges randomly assigned, so Garland is not necessarily going to hear the appeal (unless the decision is reviewed by the full court). But, the irony of the situation was not lost on Twitter users. …

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