GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump continues to take heat for recent comments made about the U.S. District Court Judge who is presiding over the Trump University case in California.
In a recent interview, Trump suggested that Judge Gonzalo Curiel has a conflict of interest because of his “Mexican heritage”.
The comments have become fodder for left-wing pundits, and have even sent some Republicans scurrying for the door. Florida Senator Marco Rubio recently defended Judge Curiel and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called Trump’s attacks “indefensible” and “the textbook definition” of racism.
Trump has since clarified his remarks saying that he doesn’t care about Judge Curiel’s Mexican heritage, but still insists that Curiel should recuse himself.
While Trump may have been inartful in his language, the Judge’s associations do suggest Donald Trump has a point when it comes to Curiel’s ability to be impartial in a case involving a Presidential candidate who has promised to secure America’s southern border.
“If you do a review of this judge and his associations, Donald Trump has every reason in the world to be concerned,” said Monica Crowley on Monday’s Hannity.
Here’s what we know about Judge Curiel’s associations:
He’s a member of La Raza Lawyers Association
Although not officially associated with National Council of La Raza, a radical group which seeks, amongst other things, to establish California as Mexican territory, the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association to which Curiel belongs is none-the-less a Latino activist group that supports pro-illegal immigration organizations.
According to the association’s website, it’s purpose “is to promote the interests of the Latino communities throughout the state.”
The San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association (SDLRLA), the group which Trump University lawsuit Judge Gonzalo Curiel is a member of, considers various pro-illegal immigrant organizations as part of its “community.”
The SDLRLA’s website includes a side-panel on their site titled “Community” which includes links to a variety of groups, including the National Council of La Raza.
Another group linked as part of the SDLRLA’s community is Reality Changers, which provides scholarships to low-income youth, some of which are illegal immigrants. It was previously reported by TheDC that Judge Curiel was on a selection committee that gave a scholarship to an illegal alien.
The San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association (La Raza translates to “The Race”) also considers a number of other pro-illegal immigration organizations as part of it’s community, including “Border Angels” and “San Diego Dream Team.”
He was appointed by President Obama
Judge Curiel was nominated to the U.S. District Court Bench by President Obama in November of 2011. He was confirmed by the Senate with little objection.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Curiel spent 17 years as a federal prosecutor. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney, first in the Southern District of California, from 1989 to 2002, and later in the Central District of California, from 2002 to 2006.
He is a Democratic campaign contributor
Judge Curiel has donated to Democrats in the past including house Democratic Conference Chairman, California Representative Xavier Becerra.
The two law firms that Curiel selected to represent the class action case against Trump U. are backers of Clinton & Obama
Curiel selected two law firms to represent plaintiffs in the Trump U. case, both of which have deep associations with Democrats including Trump’s likely opponent in the general election, Hillary Clinton.
The American Spectator reports:
The first, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, lists as its senior partner partner Darren J. Robbins. And a check with the FEC shows that Robbins has made over a hundred campaign contributions over the years, far and away most of them going to Democrats. Including a contribution of $2700 on May 12, 2015 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. That would be the Hillary Clinton who, assuming she polishes off the Sanders challenge, will be the Democratic nominee against… Donald Trump.
Then there’s that second firm selected by Judge Curiel to be involved in the Trump University lawsuit — Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck LLP. The senior partner in that firm? If you guessed she was a multiple contributor to Barack Obama you would of course be right. But she was also a one-time donor in 2004 to… MoveOn.org. You know Move On, the people who back there in 2004 were running an ad comparing President Bush to Hitler.
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP also paid the Clintons hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches.