Campaign manager John Podesta kept long list of judges
Manhattan-based Federal Court Judge Kimba Wood is one of many on a long list of judges whose official government email addresses were recently found in the correspondence of Hillary Clinton’s former 2016 campaign manager, John Podesta. Podesta’s emails, which were published during the campaign, can be searched on the WikiLeaks website here and the specific document of listing Wood and other judges can be found here.
This new discovery adds to the recent troubles that Judge Wood has been facing since her controversial decision during an April 16th hearing to order long time Trump attorney Michael Cohen to publicly disclose the identities of his clients, who included Fox News host Sean Hannity. For example, at the time of publication, an online petition has amassed over 3,659 signatures urging House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to begin impeachment proceedings against Judge Wood for breaching the attorney-client confidentiality of Cohen’s clientele in open court as well as for Wood’s alleged failure to obey 28 U.S.C. § 455(a), which is the federal law requiring all federal judges to “disqualify [themselves] in any proceeding in which [their] impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”
At the time of publication, that petition has also collected over 1,607 public comments like those quoted throughout this article and new signatures and comments are still being accepted on that petition here.
“Wood’s relationships and history with George Soros and Hillary Clinton impair her ability to adjudicate Trump related matters with impartiality. Since she didn’t recuse herself, she should be impeached.” – Anonymous
As previously reported by FreeMartyG here, Judge Wood was already facing criticism for presiding over the Cohen hearings despite potential conflicts of interest, including that she officiated the 2013 wedding ceremony of billionaire Democrat mega-donor George Soros, who gave $10.5 million to Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 campaign against Cohen’s client, President Trump.
Further connecting her to Trump’s opponent, Judge Wood was near the top of the list of candidates being vetted for the cabinet position of U.S. attorney general by Hillary Clinton in the 1990’s when Mrs. Clinton was the First Lady. However, Judge Wood was later removed from consideration when it was discovered that she may have lied to the White House during the “nannygate” scandal, in which it was revealed that both Judge Wood and another top contender for the attorney general role had each hired nannies labeled by the press at the time as “illegal aliens.”
This judge is apparently basing rulings on her friendships with the Clintons and Soros! She even preformed George Soros third wedding.
No judge should be this involved, with these apparent conflicts of interest, when making rulings. SHE SHOULD HAVE REMOVED HERSELF FROM THIS CASE!” –D.Z.
Judge Wood has also faced recent criticism further calling her impartiality into question over what seemed to be an on-the-record endorsement of the federal prosecutors’ office where fired former FBI Director James Comey once worked. She told a packed court room that she had faith that the office’s integrity “is unimpeachable.”
With these controversies in the public’s eye, twin polls which recently closed on the FreeMartyG Twitter account and on the FreeMartyG Facebook page, asking if Judge Wood should be impeached both indicated nearly unanimous support for the proposition, with all but 1 respondent on Facebook and 98% on Twitter voting “yes.” At the time of publication, FreeMartyG is now conducting new polls asking if Podesta and Judge Wood should be required to testify before Congress regarding the political connections between the Clinton’s and Wood. The new Twitter poll is located here and the new Facebook poll is located here.
“A judge who has such clear conflicts of interest is clearly both a poor judge, and a corrupt one if she does not recuse herself in such an obvious situation.” –K.C.
In the meantime, FreeMartyG has issued federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking any emails sent between Podesta’s campaign address and the federal judges on the newly discovered list as well as any emails to or from those judges mentioning campaign keywords. Federal judges are prohibited from engaging in partisan political activities and/or from soliciting funds for organizations under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act. Follow FreeMartyG for the latest on the above-mentioned FOIA requests.
The last federal judge to be impeached by The House and subsequently removed from office by The Senate was G. Thomas Porteous, Jr., from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, who was convicted of bribery and perjury in 2010. He was the 8th federal judge in American history to be removed from the bench.
“The fact that we have to sign petitions to get Republicans to do their job is so unbelievable & disturbing! Congress is really NOT going to like it when Americans finally REMEMBER whose country this is!” –Anonymous
However, in a previous answer to a request for comment by FreeMartyG, Judge Wood simply replied “no” when she was asked both if she would say whether or not she considers herself and the DOJ to be above the law in her court room, as well as if she would say whether President Trump’s proposal for a border wall and his stance on curbing illegal immigration may have affected her treatment of his attorney in court, especially in light of the direct effects of such issues on her botched candidacy for attorney general during the Clinton administration.
Judge Wood also previously referred FreeMartyG to the District Executive for Manhattan U.S. District Court for a “relevant statement” about how her close relationship with Democratic billionaire and mega-donor George Soros may have affected her decisions during the April 16th hearing with Cohen. FreeMartyG then contacted the office of the District Executive, which declined to comment.
“My vote is for freedom from tyranny.”—Anonymous
Democrats have accused Russia of hacking Podesta’s emails and turning over the contents to WikiLeaks. However, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has repeatedly stated that he has proof that Russia was not the source of the information. Assange was unable to be contacted for comment because his communications at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum, has been cut off by the Ecuadorian government in response to tweets he allegedly sent which Ecuador claims interfered with its diplomatic interests.
Recently, Senator Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) is said to have tried to deliver to President Trump information from Assange reported to refute the allegations that Russia was involved in the Podesta leak only to be stopped from reaching him by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Mr. Cohen’s legal case is ongoing.
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The other judges on the list found in Podesta’s email can be found here.