Ticktin said in an email Thursday that he needed to contact Habba before offering a response to Middlebrooks’ 19-page sanctions order. “It should be no surprise that we will be appealing this decision,” Habba said Thursday evening.
Middlebrooks is an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, something that Trump’s lawyers pointed out in asking the judge to recuse himself from the suit against Clinton’s wife. The judge declined that invitation, saying he had no connection to Hillary Clinton. Middlebrooks also accused Trump’s lawyers of filing the suit in a remote clerk’s office in an unsuccessful bid to have it assigned to a Trump appointee, Judge Aileen Cannon.
Cannon was later assigned to another dispute of intense interest to Trump: his suit seeking to get a special master appointed to oversee the handling of records seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate during an FBI raid in August aimed at recovering records that appeared to be classified.
In the Thursday order,…
This article was written by By Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney and originally published on www.politico.com