President Donald Trump’s attorneys have vowed to appeal Monday’s decision in favor of a House committee seeking his financial records, but people on Twitter were thrilled about where the case will end up.
“We will be filing a timely notice of appeal to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals,” Trump attorney Jay Sekulow told Politico.
Senate Republicans stalled the nomination, refusing to vote or even hold a hearing until after the presidential election. Trump won and appointed Neil Gorsuch instead, which meant Garland remained on the D.C. Circuit, where he could now play a role in the looming showdown between the president and House Democrats.
Cases are heard by panels of three judges randomly assigned, so Garland is not necessarily going to hear the appeal (unless the decision is reviewed by the full court). But, the irony of the situation was not lost on Twitter users:
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
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
If Judge Merrick Garland had been allowed his confirmation vote in the Senate, he likely wouldn't be the one hearing the Trump tax returns appeal.
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) May 21, 2019
*merrick garland stares directly into the camera* https://t.co/zO0fWAhcPy
— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) May 21, 2019
Court ruling: Congress can have Trump’s financial records
Trump: I’m going to appeal
Court: okay fine, guess who the appeals judge is
Merrick Garland: me
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) May 21, 2019
I believe that Merrick Garland will decide this appeal strictly on its merits. His treatment by Mitch&Co. will have zero bearing on the case.
— Matt (@MabusMatthew) May 21, 2019
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