The judge that will oversee the case against former Trump campaign director Paul Manafort was appointed by former President Obama and once donated money to former President Bill Clinton’s campaign.
After Manafort and fellow campaign official Rick Gates pleaded not guilty before a magistrate on Monday, the case was handed over to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
Obama appointed Jackson to the federal bench in 2011. And just this year it paid off, at least for Hillary Clinton. Jackson dismissed a lawsuit brought against the former Secretary of State filed by relatives of two of the victims of the 2012 Benghazi attack in which four Americans died, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
“The Court finds that Secretary Clinton was acting in the scope of her employment when she transmitted the emails that are alleged to give rise to her liability,” Jackson wrote in the ruling. “The untimely death of plaintiffs’ sons is tragic, and the Court does not mean to minimize the unspeakable loss that plaintiffs have suffered in any way. But when one applies the appropriate legal standards, it is clear that plaintiffs have not alleged sufficient facts to rebut the presumption that Secretary Clinton was acting in her official capacity when she used her private email server.”
“Her actions – communicating with other State Department personnel and advisors about the official business of the department – fall squarely within the scope of her duty to run the Department and conduct the foreign affairs of the nation as Secretary of State,” the ruling said.
Jackson also contributed $1,000 to Clinton's 1992 Democratic presidential campaign, Fox News reported. And before she became a judge, Jackson, a Harvard graduate, worked at a law firm where she represented former Democratic congressman William J. Jefferson in a corruption trial.
"The former Louisiana congressman was sentenced in 2009 to 13 years in prison on bribery charges after being caught hiding $90,000 in cash in his freezer. As of early October, he was ordered to be released pending a new sentencing hearing, The Associated Press reported."