Trump nominates to federal court a former official who refused to sue Trump University
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President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire 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 CornynHarris to resign from Senate seat on Monday Cruz, Cornyn to attend Biden inauguration McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump allies, Washington insiders helped plan rallies before Capitol breach: reports What Martin Luther King, at 39, taught me at 35 GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party 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.