In a strange twist, former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, who was denied admission to the high bench by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will now hold a deciding vote on whether or not President Trump’s financial records are released to the House Oversight Committee.
On Tuesday, Trump’s lawyers filed an appeal against a decision which ordered that his financial records be released. The appeal was filed to the Washington, DC, Circuit Court of Appeals, and yes, Garland serves as chief judge.
Merrick Garland, who has maintained a fairly low profile since his nomination, was tapped by Barack Obama to replace Antonin Scalia following Scalia’s 2016 death. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to even schedule a meeting for the Senate Judiciary Committee could consider his appointment so Obama never even had the chance to get it to a vote.
Twitter users had a great time with this seemingly karmic revenge.
I wonder who the chief judge is in the circuit where all of the fights between Congress and Trump will play out and whether he cares about partisan norm-busting. Oh that’s right…it’s some guy named Merrick Garland.— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) May 20, 2019
Democratic speechwriter Zev Karlin-Neumann pointed out the irony but lauded Garland’s professionalism.
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.
Which, you know, would have been a great reason to have him on the Supreme Court. https://t.co/o9M0mLkh0K— Zev Karlin-Neumann (@zkarlinn) May 21, 2019