Obama-Appointed Judge Blocks White House From Allocating Military Funds to Build a Border Wall
A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump from allocating military funds to build a border wall.
The permanent injunction was issued on Friday by US District Judge Haywood Gilliam in California.
The judge had previously issued a temporary injunction after President Trump issued a national emergency and announced that he would use Defense Department funds to build the wall and secure the southern border of the US.
Gilliam was nominated by Obama and confirmed in 2014. He donated to Obama’s campaign in 2008, sending $4,600 to Obama for America and $2,300 to the Obama Victory Fund, according to federal election records. Additionally, “Gilliam donated additional funds to Obama’s re-election campaign, sending $13,500 to Obama for America and Obama Victory Fund 2012. He also donated $4,500 to the Democratic National Committee. From 2012 to November 2014, he sent $3,100 to the Covington and Burling LLP PAC,” according to a report from the Epoch Times.
According to a report from The Hill, “Gilliam, an Obama appointee, also issued a ruling in a separate case stopping the Trump administration from moving forward with border wall construction in New Mexico and California while that legal challenge plays out.”
The White House had not yet responded to the news on Friday evening.