House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler, one of the key congressional Democrats investigating President Donald Trump (and now Attorney General Bill Barr as well, apparently) over alleged obstruction of justice, appears to have a glaring conflict of interest.
His son, Michael L. Nadler, works as an associate attorney for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, a New York-based law firm that’s repeatedly sued the Trump administration on behalf of others.
Last November the firm sued the administration on behalf of CNN after the White House suspended CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass.
A month later the firm sued the Trump administration on behalf of the Center for Reproductive Rights after the State Department reportedly made changes to its regularly issued human rights reports.
Two years ago one of the firm’s own lawyers, Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., the co-chair of the firm’s litigation group, filed his own lawsuit against the president after Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“Los Angeles attorney Ted Boutrous has been itching for a courtroom battle with President Donald Trump. Now, he’s got it,” Minnesota Lawyer, an independent newspaper for the legal industry, reported at the time, describing Boutrous as “Trump’s legal nemesis.”
“Boutrous sued Trump on Monday on behalf of six program participants, most of whom came from Mexico before they were 10. Trump’s decision to end the program in six months is a ‘cruel bait and switch’ motivated by an ‘unconstitutional bias against Mexicans,’ according to the complaint.”
Boutrous also has a history of posting anti-Trump tweets:
Yes, the President can and is obstructing Justice. https://t.co/thlQwohQ9v
— Ted Boutrous (@BoutrousTed) June 4, 2018
2 is clearly constitutional. It avoids all the purported problems of interfering with the president’s activities while in office and would toll the statute of limitations. The Supreme Court would agree. https://t.co/8Svh5bsUSU
— Ted Boutrous (@BoutrousTed) August 25, 2018
Let’s come together on this: We need a level-headed President. https://t.co/QEB4Px6KW2
— Ted Boutrous (@BoutrousTed) September 11, 2018
More obstruction of justice, on the record, right out in the open, by President Trump and his White House. https://t.co/3seoglSXnm
— Ted Boutrous (@BoutrousTed) March 5, 2019
— Ted Boutrous (@BoutrousTed) April 27, 2019
During the 2016 presidential election three years ago, he offered to provide pro bono services to Trump’s enemies, including the women who accused him of sexual assault.
“It’s chilling that a powerful person can sue you, even though at the end of the day he might lose the case,” he said at the time to The Global Legal Post. “If people know there’s a support network, then they can make their own decision about coming forward.”
The outlet confirmed that “25 other Gibson Dunn lawyers” had also offered the same. Their shared concern was that Trump’s threats to sue his accusers for defamation would scare other accusers from coming forward with their own admittedly oftentimes dubious accusations.
— Ted Boutrous (@BoutrousTed) October 22, 2016
— Ted Boutrous (@BoutrousTed) December 20, 2016
Despite this glaring anti-Trump history, Nadler’s own son works for this firm …
According to a Washington, D.C. source who spoke with BigLeague Politics, the outlet responsible for outing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface photos, Nadler’s son obtained the job in 2018, which was the same year that Democrats won control of the House.
“His son (Michael Nadler) got a job with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in 2018,” the source said. “That’s convenient because Jerry Nadler and the Democrats just won control of the House in 2018. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher hire Jerry’s son and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher are the main nemesis against Trump and the Trump Administration on numerous lawsuits.”
“Now the Nadler family will gain access to thousands of Trump documents via Jerry’s subpoenas!”
“Such an arrangement — Jerry Nadler investigating Trump with his son’s firm trying to get access to documents in other cases — violates ethics rules for federal investigators,” BLP notes.
Nadler has for his part desperately been seeking as much information about the president as possible since at least 2017, a year before he was up for reelection again.
— (((Jerry Nadler))) (@JerryNadler) February 14, 2017
“Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced a Resolution of Inquiry directing the Department of Justice to provide the House of Representatives with any and all information relevant to an inquiry into President Trump and his associates’ conflicts of interest, ethical violations—including the Emoluments Clause — and Russia ties,” a press release published Feb. 9, 2017 reads.
“Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way, his foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is clouded by the specter of Russian intervention in the election and his Administration,” Nadler himself said.
Not surprisingly, ever since he became the House Judiciary Committee in January, he’s been pursuing the same agenda, issuing subpoena after subpoena against the White House.
While it’s unclear how his conflict of interest will affect his work, some believe he should resign:
@RepJerryNadler #BillBarr Nadler, you should resign. You have a conflict of interest. Your son works for the firm trying to get @POTUS tax returns. AG Barr do not give in to this clown. ALL Nadler wants is revenge. @RudyGiuliani https://t.co/fJl5jODdUj via @WayneDupreeShow
— Chloe Harris (@Pigeon2015) May 5, 2019
Resign conflict of interest asshat who does your son work for again?
— carypummillschamberger (@caryschamberge1) May 5, 2019
Rep Nadler You never disclosed that your son is an attorney working for a law firm suing President Trump. That’s a conflict of interest. You should resign or your committee loses credibility.
— Snowflake 18 (@mailman918) May 4, 2019
That’s a conflict of interest between him & Donald Trump. He will have to recuse himself from the investigation or his son will have to resign & leave the partnership in order to remove any question of leaking information from father to son regarding details of the investigation
— Little Turtle (@Tgeagle1sghost) March 8, 2019