Trump to tap conservative activist Tom Fitton to serve on judicial oversight body
The White House announced Friday that President Trump intends to appoint prominent conservative activist Tom Fitton to a judicial oversight agency that would grant him the power to unseat judges in the Washington, D.C., judiciary.
Trump will tap Fitton to join the D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure.
Fitton heads the group Judicial Watch, and has advocated for investigations into officials from the Obama administration. The activist was vocal about his opposition to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Trump’s relationship with Russia and the country’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
He has also warned of a “deep state” that is supposedly seeking to undermine Trump.
He has also called for the elimination of certain coronavirus safety measures such as mask-wearing.
The commission is made up of two non-legal members, four attorneys and a judge. One of the members is appointed by the president to a five-year term.
The body is granted the power to remove judges from their posts for misconduct or mental or physical incapacitation.
The announcement came the same day Trump was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for COVID-19.
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