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Federal judge who struck down Trump order withholding sanctuary city funding has a disturbingly partisan past

“This person is a clear partisan. He has no desire to help the president”

(National SentinelPoliticized Judiciary: The federal judge who just struck down President Donald J. Trump’s executive order limiting some federal funding to cities who violate immigration laws and grant requirements with “sanctuary” laws has a disturbingly political past and is “a clear partisan” for the Democrats.

The judge, William Orrick III, who sits on California’s Northern District, temporarily blocked Trump’s order in April. However, he has now issued a permanent injunction in a suit brought by the city and county of San Francisco and Santa Clara County, claiming the order was not constitutional, Reuters reported.

Orrick was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2013. He has bundled at least $200,000 in donations for the former president and has donated $38,000 to political action committees that supported Obama, according to The Federalist.

Meanwhile, Fox News added that Orrick gave $51,000 to the Democratic National Committee.

As reported by the Washington Times, in 2015 Orrick issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life organization that was documenting on video the negotiation and sale for profit of aborted fetal body parts by officials of Planned Parenthood.

He justified his ruling by claiming leaders of the National Abortion Federation, which requested the order, had legitimate concerns for the safety of their leaders, even though the group was not involved in the undercover stings.

“NAF would be likely to suffer irreparable injury, absent an ex parte temporary restraining order, in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation, and the requested relief is in the public interest,” Orrick said at the time, according to CNN.

Ironically, during his confirmation hearing in the Senate, Orrick claimed that “politics has no place in the courtroom.”

“My varied legal background is evidence that I will treat all litigants fairly and with respect, and that I will not let my personal views interfere with the administration of justice,” he claimed.

In an appearance on Fox News‘ “Fox & Friends” morning program, former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah said there is a simple fix to the issue.

“If [Orrick is] saying that Congress has not given the president proper authorization, guess what? The reauthorization for all of the funding of the federal government moving forward has to happen by Dec. 8,” he said.

“One or two sentences placed into that funding bill — which will pass — will solve this problem — give the president the authority” to enforce his previous order, the former congressman added.

Chaffetz continued: “This person is a clear partisan. He has no desire to help the president or what not, but Congress has the responsibility to give the president this option and they can do it week after next.”

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