Conflict of interest? Calls for Nadler to recuse himself from Trump probes after reports reveal where his son works

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02: Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing where Attorney General William Barr declined to appear, Capitol Hill on May 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Committee is investigating the Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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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:

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.

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.


“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:



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