Judge Judy and DOJ officials are trying to resolve a long-running feud that has pitted them against each other for years, but the feud is coming back to haunt the Justice Department as President Trump’s Justice Department seeks to return to work.
Judges and DOJ employees are on a collision course over Trump’s choice of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to be his deputy attorney general, which has drawn the ire of the judge who oversees the DOJ.
“It’s going to be a fight over the next four years,” said Michael Horowitz, who heads the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, which is based in Richmond, Va.
“Judges are not going to sit idly by as Trump tries to destroy them.
We’re going to have to put up with this.”
Judges have sparred with DOJ officials over Giuliani’s appointment, which led to a feud that led to the appointment of former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson as Trump’s deputy attorney chief.
The feud between Judge Judy, a longtime critic of Giuliani, and Trump’s senior adviser, David Bossie, has deepened since the President abruptly nominated Giuliani for the role last month.
Bossie has called Judge Judy’s appointment a political move.
“She’s a judge who has been in the public eye for a long time,” he told Fox News in January.
“I’m sure she’s going be very interested in this position.”
A spokesman for Giuliani’s office declined to comment for this article.
Judges, however, have been a vocal critic of Trump since the end of his first term in January 2019.
They have repeatedly called on Trump to resign and have called on him to fire Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus, saying he had a role in obstructing the President’s agenda.
Trump has repeatedly refused to fire Priebus, calling him a loyalist of his.
Democrats have also called for Priebus’s dismissal, arguing he has no credibility on Capitol Hill and is too close to Trump.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Horowitz said that Trump is “very, very close to [Priebus], and he’s going, ‘Oh, he’s not loyal to me.'”
Horowitz said he doesn’t think Priebus would be willing to leave Trump’s orbit, but said that if Trump does not fire Priebus he will appoint someone else.
Trump has called on the Senate to confirm the appointment, saying “it would be great if Judge Judy were nominated and confirmed, and if she were confirmed, I think it would be a huge help to our country.”
A source close to the administration said Priebus would likely be nominated as soon as he is confirmed by the Senate, which should happen as early as this week.
At the time of Trump’s decision to name Giuliani to the role, Priebus had said the nominee would have a “proper hearing” and “appropriate vetting.”
Giuliani, however was not vetted for the job by the DOJ, which did not even know his past conduct when he was a New York lawyer and then the mayor of New York.
Trump, who has also publicly called for the appointment to be overturned, has not commented on the appointment.
Critics of the appointment have argued that Giuliani has a history of being biased and unfairly biased against judges.
The Justice Department is currently investigating the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia and has asked Congress to investigate the ties between Trump and Russia.