President Donald Trump was halted last week by Federal District Judge for the District of Maryland, Theodore Chuang, on his temporary travel ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority Middle Eastern countries, as well as refugees from all nations. But it seems like karma decided that the hate he was getting for his halt was not enough, and decided to give Chaung even worse news, as his impartiality is now being called in question.
According to reports by Breitbart, it was revealed that Chaung has served as deputy general counsel at the DHS (Department of Homeland Security), in the Obama administration back from 2009 to 2014. As a result of this, many people are saying that he should have refused himself, from the case International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) in which the DHS and President Trump are the defendants.
Title 28, Part I, Chapter 21, Section 455 (a) “Disqualification of justice, judge, or magistrate judge” of the U.S. Code Annotated specifically states: “Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”
A large number of legal scholars and experts have agreed that Chuang’s ruling “might reasonably be questioned.” They have also questioned another ruling that took place on the same day, by an Obama appointee, Derrick Watson, a Federal District Judge in Hawaii.
“Two federal judges, both nominated by President Barack Obama, have issued injunctions against President Donald Trump’s revised executive order temporarily restricting travel from six terrorist safe havens in the Middle East and Africa,” wrote Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, at The Daily Signal.
The decisions by Derrick Kahala Watson in Hawaii and Theodore David Chuang in Maryland should shock no one—not because the judges are correct, but because their decisions follow the same pattern as prior decisions in Washington state and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over the first order.
These rulings ignore or misinterpret federal immigration law that gives the president the clear authority to act and prior Supreme Court precedents that support the legality of the president’s actions.
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