After blocking Trump’s travel ban, Hawaiian Judge Derrick Watson has received numerous death threats because many people are rightly upset with his order.
Now more information has surfaced about Watson’s connection with former President Obama and it seems the two had a private meeting shortly before he made the ruling against the ban order!
Hours before Trump’s travel ban on individuals from six Muslim countries was set to go into effect yesterday, US District Court Judge Derrick Watson, who presides in Honolulu, slapped down the policy, citing Trump’s comments on Muslims during the presidential campaign as part of his reason for blocking the ban.
Watson was nominated by Obama to the position in November 2012, having graduated from Harvard law school in the same year as Obama.
Honolulu Star reported Obama “made an unannounced return to Hawaii Monday,” just three months after his last official holiday visit as president, arriving with a small entourage that included a Secret Service detail.
Eagle-eyed Reddit users noted that Obama had dinner at the Noi Thai restaurant, which is just minutes away from the courthouse and that Obama was, “likely within 5 minutes of the judge’s house at one point on the drive over.”
Barack-Obama-Golfing-Hawaii-March-2017 reports that Obama played golf but was “still making time to take care of business” as he met with tech leaders and that “his return to politics might be sooner than we think.”
I’ll say is that if they drove from golf (Mid Pacific Country Club) to dinner (Noi Thai Cuisine) by car, they would have been just 5 minutes from the judge’s house at one point during the drive. (Basically just turning off of the main road into one of the neighborhood developments)
I’m sorry, but when you consider that:
(i) Obama and the judge having been the same year at Harvard Law,
(ii) Obama having appointed the judge for the position,
(iii) Obama traveling to Hawaii in precisely when the judge is preparing a legal opinion on an Executive Order issued by Obama’s successor that Obama does not like, and
(iv) Obama and the judge potentially being within 5 minutes driving of each other.
Some red flags should be going off. Maybe coincidence. But its definitely something worth asking questions about.
Hmmm, what do you think?