Yet another of Trump’s judicial nominees turns out to be a bad apple. If only there was some way he could have known that Timothy Kelly would shiv him in the back… besides Kelly’s lifelong ambition of being a henpecked Deep State microtyrant.
JUDGE ORDERS WHITE HOUSE TO RESTORE JIM ACOSTA’S PRESS PASS
Trump-appointed Judge Timothy J. Kelly acknowledged that the White House credentialing process has a First Amendment component, and that the government must give Acosta due process before revoking his press pass. …
“CNN, represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Theodore Boutrous, pointed to instances where Trump publicly criticized Acosta and CNN as ‘fake news.’ Kelly appeared to question whether the decision to revoke Acosta’s credentials was driven by the content of his coverage—raising First Amendment issues—or instead by his conduct at a press conference on Nov. 7, which the White House cited as the reason.
‘Why now,’ after previously criticizing Acosta’s coverage, was the White House revoking Acosta’s press pass? Kelly asked Boutrous.
Any physical access to the White House is a privilege, not a right. Whoever disagrees can wander off the tour and get tased by Secret Service. Please take selfie-video because I’m too cheap to pay for my passive entertainment.
Earlier this month while asking Trump about a northbound migrant caravan making its way to the southern US border, Acosta challenged Trump’s characterization of the group as an “invasion.”
Acosta asked “Why did you characterize it as such?” to which Trump replied “because I consider it an invasion. You and I have a difference of opinion.”
“Do you think that you demonized immigrants?” Acosta shot back.
“Not at all, no – not at all,” Trump replied. “I want them to come into the country, but they have to come in legally. You know, they have to come in Jim through a process. And I want people to come in, and we need the people.”
Acosta then questioned Trump on a midterm advertisement showing “migrants climbing over walls and so-on,” to which Trump fired back: “They weren’t actors.”
After more barbs were exchanged between the two, Trump said: “Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”
Burn, CNN! Burn like Malibu!
Acosta then refused to sit down, leading to a standoff in which a White House aide tried to take his microphone.
The White House banned him for that? Good and proper. The purpose of the WH press corps is not to make POTUS look bad. But Judge Tim Kelly decided, on an “emergency basis”, that Acosta has a First Amendment Right(R) to play Trump for a fool until he pulls it off, however many tries it takes. What Kelly should have done is tell powerful, influential Acosta to wait in line 3-5 years for a ruling like Joe Sixpack has to.
Nothing I read suggested the WH prohibited CNN from sending a replacement for Acosta. This was a naked power-play and the Federal judge making a rushed ruling on it doesn’t get to claim he didn’t know.
Judge Tim Kelly. My first impression was “underground boxer” not “respected, high-level judge”. Small mouth, low/small ears, thick brow, wide face, thick neck and a slightly squashed nose suggest he prefers action to talk. The tilt of his head makes the cutting eyelid of sociopathy possible but indeterminate.
But then, he worked his entire life to have power over other people so we know from work history that he’s a bully at heart.
Proceeding to heavy.com, which is becoming my go-to website for easy profiles of celebrities:
Judge Timothy Kelly: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Kelly, 48, was appointed to the federal bench by President Donald Trump and approved by the Senate [94-2] earlier this year.
3. Kelly Previously Served as a Top Aide to Senator Chuck Grassley Who Called Him a ‘Talented Attorney’ Who Is ‘Well-Liked by Staff & Members on Both Sides’
“Tim is a very talented attorney and is well-liked by staff and members on both sides of the aisle,” Grassley said on the Senate floor before the vote, according to Courthouse News. “His collegiality and ability to get along with folks will serve him well on the bench.”
Translation, Tim is reliable controlled-opposition who paid his dues. The 94-2 confirmation vote proves this.
During his vetting process, Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse asked Kelly about how his work with the Senate Judiciary Committee changed his view of proper judicial behavior, to which he responded:
I do not think my work on the Senate Judiciary Committee has had a major impact on my view of proper judicial behavior. If I am fortunate enough to be confirmed, my role as a district judge would not permit me to make federal law in any way, but would instead require me to faithfully interpret and apply federal law passed by Congress to cases and controversies before me.
Turns out, Kelly lied during Senate confirmation hearings. This Acosta ruling is a judicial precedent for the WH Press Room to be entitled to second-guess and undermine the sitting President if he doesn’t follow the Narrative.
Kelly also lied about his work on Senate Judiciary not having a major impact on his view of proper behavior. Work history is valuable for the exact opposite reason of his claim: what you’ve done in the past shapes who you are in the present.
5. Kelly Lives in D.C. With His Wife, Who Works the City’s Department of Human Services & Their 2 Young Daughters
Judge Kelly is a DODO, Dad Of Daughters Only. Worse:
[His wife, Sharon] Kershbaum works as the chief operating officer for D.C.’s Department of Human Services, according to her Linkedin profile. In his Senate questionnaire, Kelly said his wife’s office “provides federal benefit eligibility determination and enrollment services for D.C. residents, as well as services for residents experiencing homelessness.” He said if a matter related to the department comes before the District Court in D.C., he would self-recuse himself from the case.
Bogus, dude. Self-recusal from any blatant conflict of interest does nothing to change the fact that Kelly’s influence as a Federal judge will inevitably impact the Department of Human Services. Also, his marriage proves Kelly will never oppose the Democrat agenda because his wife would nag him to death in retaliation.
If the Powers That Be were concerned about conflicts of interest then they wouldn’t be constantly screening professional brown-nosers from their alma maters.
She is a graduated of the University of Pennsylvania and also has a master’s degree from Penn’s Wharton School.
Deep State power couple living in the Beltway bubble.
Along with her work in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration, Kershbaum was the deputy budget director for the city of Philadelphia from 2000 to 2004. She also worked for Fannie Mae from 2004 to 2007 as a director/chief of staff, and then returned to government…
THE BITCH! 2004-2007 was when the housing bubble formed and Fannie Mae was directly involved with those bad loans! She ejected right when the problem began to explode.The shameless, economy-destroying, responsibility-ducking, director bitch!
What a small world it is, when you scratch below the surface of the ruling class. Truly, they are not our people even when they wear the same color of skin.
Kelly has belonged to St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill since 2013, according to his questionnaire and has been a part of the Interfaith Families Project of Washington, D.C., since 2007.
Founded by four “founding moms” in 1995, the Interfaith Families Project has grown into a vibrant, active community of approximately 300 adults and children, one of the largest interfaith programs in the country. The core value of IFFP is respect – for each other, for Judaism and for Christianity. As a community, we celebrate, explore, question and enjoy both religious traditions equally. IFFP members neither reject our religious backgrounds nor seek a new religion that is a mixture of Christian and Jewish belief. Instead, we believe it is possible – and desirable – to honor our distinct religious traditions and to share those traditions with spouses, partners and children.
A Judeo-Christian pseudo-church founded by feminists. We can safely conclude that Kelly is the bad kind of Catholic, the kind who worships worldly success and power instead of Father God.
Few people can honorably (and voluntarily) act against their personal beliefs. What you believe influences what you do, from objective vs. subjective morality to whether humans have a Creator to whether your wife is your “better half”.
A few more interesting bits from an article heavy.com linked to:
Timothy James Kelly was born in Glen Cove, NY in 1969. After getting an A.B. from Duke University in 1991, Kelly joined the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton as a legal assistant, working there for two years.
Ivy League, graduated age 22 on schedule, went straight into a New York law office.
In 1993, Kelly left his position as Cleary to work as a staff assistant for the U.S. House Committee on House Administration. During this position, Kelly also worked as a waiter and doorman at the popular Capitol Hill bar, Hawk ‘N’ Dove.
I was right about his face. Upscale bars have doormen, downscale bars have bouncers. Regardless, even his “private sector” work experience was a job suitable for networking and hobnobbing amongst the government Elites.
The seat Kelly has been nominated for opened on May 18, 2016, with Judge Rosemary Collyer’s move to senior status. On September 6, 2016, President Obama nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi, a litigation partner at Latham & Watkins to fill the vacancy. Qureshi, who would have been the first Muslim to serve as a federal judge, never received a hearing on his nomination.
Proving the legitimacy of complaints that President “Hussein” Obama was a closet Islamist. Not that female judges are better.
In 2010, Kelly was part of the legal team prosecuting former CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling for his unauthorized disclosure of classified information to journalist James Risen. Before Sterling’s trial, the prosecution missed a discovery deadline imposed by Judge Leonie Brinkema, submitting key impeachment evidence one day late. Judge Brinkema sanctioned Kelly and the other government attorneys for the missed deadline by striking two government witnesses. The Fourth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, overturned this sanction as an abuse of discretion, noting that the government conduct was not made in bad faith.
Kelly’s team attempted to sabotage the prosecution of a CIA agent for cooperating with the press, apparently in participation with Judge Brinkema. “Oops, we just barely missed your deadline.” “Then that’s inadmissible and you can’t call your witnesses to the stand, either!” “Okay.”
Picture sourced from “Federal court rules against Trump’s immigration order because it discriminates against Muslims”.
Kelly, a Republican, has a relatively short record of political activity. In 2008, Kelly made multiple contributions totalling $1200 to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (who was then running for president). In 2012, Kelly contributed $1250 to Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy. Further, in 2014, Kelly traveled to Iowa to canvass and make phone calls for the successful candidacy of Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA).
Association with known Controlled Opposition.
Kelly has an unusually well-rounded resume for a federal district court position. Having worked in private practice, as a federal prosecutor, and in the legislative process, Kelly will approach the bench with a broad array of legal experience. Furthermore, Kelly also has experience working with indigent clients, as he spent a year representing low income residents of Washington D.C. in cases involving public benefits, landlord-tenant, and family law.
I bet his wife made him do that. Forget controlled opposition, Kelly is Castrated Opposition.
It says much about the arrogance of our ruling class that Kelly was unusual for having done so much as “private practice” litigation in his rise to power. Which, let me point out, is not the real world that we non-Ivy Leaguers have to live in.
Given these factors, and the lack of any controversial stances in his background (although like most other Trump nominees, Kelly is a longtime member of the Federalist Society), Kelly should face a relatively smooth path to confirmation.
Hmm, that’s worth looking into, if Trump is using this Federalist Society to prescreen his appointees.
If nothing else, Kelly’s time as a committee staffer should help grease the path. After all, who knows Kelly better than those who work with him every day.
The answer, apparently, is an amateur physiognomist with an Internet connection on a lazy Friday afternoon. Let’s recap all the red flags Trump missed when he appointed Kelly:
- Ivy League education
- No real-world career
- Wife is high-status feminist Jew
- Face of a bully
- Worked for feminist causes
- Praised for being “popular with both sides of the aisle”
- False statements under oath during confirmation
- Had to promise to recuse himself from expected conflicts of interest
- Played Deep State courtroom games
- Supported John “Frat Boy” McCain and Mitt Romney without regret
For fuck’s sake. For America’s sake!
Like most ordinary Americans, I’m past weary about career government toads constantly recruiting totalitarian wannabes from Ivy League prep schools. I just want the other shoe to drop already. The danger is blindingly obvious to everybody but those who perpetuate it.
On the upside, Trump got burned. It’s not often that a highly placed fool suffers for his own decision. Trump does at least have a tendency to learn from his mistakes. Let’s hope he remembers what a mistake Judge Kelly was every time Jim Acosta snarks at him.