Trump nominates to federal court a former official who refused to sue Trump University
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE nominated a former deputy Texas attorney general, who decided not to sue Trump University, to fill a federal judge vacancy.

Trump nominated David Morales to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Wednesday.

While serving as deputy attorney general, Morales declined to pursue a $5.4 million lawsuit against Trump and Trump University.


He worked with then-Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who is now the state’s governor.

Morales said in a 2016 statement that he would not to pursue the lawsuit and did not discuss his decision with Abbott.

The state’s Republican U.S. senators, John CornynJohn CornynAll hostages free, safe after hours-long standoff at Texas synagogue: governor McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks Republicans threaten floor takeover if Democrats weaken filibuster  MORE and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGolden State Warriors owner says 'nobody cares' about Uyghurs All hostages free, safe after hours-long standoff at Texas synagogue: governor Overnight Energy & Environment — Lummis holds up Biden EPA picks MORE, released a joint statement praising Trump’s appointment and calling for a “swift” confirmation process.

“Having worked side-by-side with David in the Texas Attorney General’s Office defending the constitutional rights of Texans, I know firsthand that he will be a principled, passionate defender of the Constitution and the rule of law," Cruz said in the statement.

A federal judge on Monday finalized a $25 million settlement between Trump and former students of the now-defunct Trump University.

Former students said they were misled into enrolling in the university’s real estate seminars and given essentially worthless “educations.”

The university was shut down in 2010 and Trump has not admitted any wrongdoing.