Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales : Trump Right to Question Judge’s Fairness – Video

 

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says Donald Trump is right to challenge the fairness a judge overseeing lawsuits against him.

“An independent judiciary is extremely important. But that value is not the only one in play here,” Gonzales wrote in a Saturday op-ed for The Washington Post.

“Equally important, if not more important from my perspective as a former judge and U.S. attorney general, is a litigant’s right to a fair trial,” he continued.

“The protection of that right is a primary reason why our Constitution provides for an independent judiciary. If judges and the trials over which they preside are not perceived as impartial, the public will quickly lose interest in the rule of law upon which our nation is based.”

Trump on Thursday said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Hispanic ethnicity is “an absolute conflict” in three civil fraud lawsuits against the billionaire.

He said Curiel’s “Mexican heritage” makes him partial because of Trump’s calls for a wall along America’s southern border with Mexico.

Gonzales on Saturday said Trump has reason beyond just race to doubt Curiel, who is American, will treat him fairly.

“As someone whose own ancestors came to the United States from Mexico, I know ethnicity alone cannot pose a conflict of interests. But there may be other factors to consider in determining whether Trump’s concerns about getting an impartial trial are reasonable.”

Gonzales said Curiel is a member of La Raza Lawyers of San Diego, which Trump aides say is affiliated with a national group vociferously opposing Trump, National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

The Washington Post on Saturday reported that NCLR is unaffiliated with La Raza Lawyers of San Diego. It added Curiel is not a member of NCLR.

Curiel has also appointed the Robbins Geller law firm to plaintiffs, he added, noting Geller is a donor to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“These circumstances, while not necessarily conclusive, at least raise a legitimate question to be considered,” said Gonzales, who was attorney general for former President George W. Bush.

“If [Trump’s] criticism is solely based on Curiel’s race, that is something voters will take into account in deciding whether he is fit to be president. If, however, Trump is acting from a sincere motivation to protect his constitutional right to fair trial, his willingness to exercise his rights as an American citizen and raising the issue even in the face of severe criticism is surely also something for voters to consider.”

Curiel is overseeing three lawsuits which allege Trump University defrauded students and saddled them with debt.

Trump has repeatedly touted positive reviews from other participants, saying courts will ultimately vindicate the for-profit real estate program.

 

First reported By Mark Hensch at The Hill 

  • Gearmoe

    TRUMP has done well to clarify his discomfort with this judge and why. But the despicable MSM can’t resist the temptation to paint as a race discrimination issue. It’s a fair trial matter.

  • Iamacitizen2

    It is in your face to read another article that the Judge is being honored by La Raza and the opposing attorney is also according to another article a member of La Raza also!!! This judge needs to recuse himself from this case if he doesn’t he is NOT true to his oath. The judge already rescinded an order he made in haste and anger to recall his release of certain doc’s to the public regarding Trump’s case. I question this judges position to be fair among other things in overseeing this trial. TRUMP is very correct in calling out this judge.

    Nice to see former AG Gonzales standing with Mr. Trump on his questioning an honest and fair trial. NOT POSSIBLE. STEP ASIDE / RECUSE YOURSELF juDGE!!!

    • Miss Annie

      I agree! Recusal seems more than proper in this case. You can see over at Breitbart Gingrich is going out saying what a terrible mistake Trump has made criticizing this judge. Nope, I don’t friggin think so.
      Gingrich is VERY establishment though. It made me wanna throw up a little, all the talk of Gingrich being VP. That would be VERY bad!

      • Iamacitizen2

        I saw that article from Newt today and wondered what kind of gruel or stupid pills the Dems slipped him to eat before his miss step comments….dah!!! Not a good thing on Newts part for sure. It’s just amazing LOLOL

        • Miss Annie

          My spidey senses are telling me that he now knows he is not on the VP “shorter list” and the butt hurt is real.

          • Smiddywesson

            That’s a given. If he were going to get the nod, he would never have chimed in with this criticism. He went out of his way to kick Trump in the teeth.

        • LINER011

          Newt may have always been an establishment plant waiting for the right moment to attack Trump.

          • Miss Annie

            Yea, I tend to wonder this myself. The same with Chris Christie. Both of their records are progressive and atrocious and do not in any way line up with Trump’s agenda!

  • Mac a’Bhaird

    These comments by Gonzalez certainly gives more perspective to Trump’s public criticism

  • gduggan

    Mexican is a nationality. Mexican is not a race. The judge is a known open border advocate. Democrats always put themselves above the law vis a vis Hillary. Hillary has the server scandal, this is Trump’s. The key witness in the case has been dropped from the case, so there is no case. But the judge still wants the case to go on. Not out of some desire for justice, but as a dyed in the wool, libbie, SJW, La Raza, open-border-Democrat/Progressive-win at-al- cost activist type judge, who missed his calling as an IRS administrator. I’m sure the blindfold is off the naked lady with the scales.

  • Smiddywesson

    In light of past dirty tricks on the part of the Democrats, to include using the IRS to attack their political enemies, and the current mayor of NYC openly threatening Trump with the statement, “You’ll never work in this city again” Trump’s ability to get a fair trial on this matter is in serious doubt. New York is a cesspool of corruption, and the lawsuit appears frivolous.

  • Iamacitizen2

    I just watched a fox video where this gal said that “O” gave the judge his federal position ….go figure!!!! TRUMP 2016