UPDATE: According to RedStateWatcher.com:
Judge Watson met with President Obama a day before requested a temporary restraining order on President Trump’s new executive order.
— Support 45 (@WeSupport45) March 16, 2017
And then this:
1 Hawaii Judge Derrick Watson graduated WITH Obama at Harvard in 1991.
2 Nominated by Obama.
3 Obama was seen in Hawaii yesterday.
— Linda Hogan (@LindaHogan) March 16, 2017
Democrats certainly have a strange habit of coincidental visits and specious meetings. Remember when Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton just happened to meet on her plane at the Phoenix airport in June – just as the Justice Department was investigating the handling of classified information on Hillary Clinton’s private email server?
Another odd coincidence occurred this week as Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Hawaii on Monday – just two days before one of his judicial appointees, U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson, ruled against President Trump’s temporary travel ban on refugees from seven countries.
Reportedly, local Democrats tried to keep Obama’s unannounced visit on the down-low, although ABC News sent out this tweet.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 16, 2017
Pat Dollard from Star Adviser reported the visit:
Coming off a string of high-profile meetings, former President Barack Obama made an unannounced return to Hawaii Monday.
Just three months removed from his last official holiday visit as president, Obama was spotted dining at Buzz’s Lanikai Monday night.
On Wednesday, Honolulu-based Judge Watson issued the temporary stay on Trump’s travel ban. Just two hours after hearing arguments that the executive order discriminates on the basis of nationality, the judge produced a 43 page document with his decision to block the ban.
According to the Associated Press:
Watson criticized what he called the “illogic” of the government’s arguments and cited “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” behind the travel ban. He also noted that while courts should not examine the “veiled psyche” and “secret motives” of government decision-makers, “the remarkable facts at issue here require no such impermissible inquiry.”
“For instance, there is nothing ‘veiled’ about this press release: ‘Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,'” Watson wrote, referring to a statement Trump issued as a candidate.
Trump lambasted the ruling as an example of “unprecedented judicial overreach” and said his administration would appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sounds pretty fishy, but then again, everything that Barack Obama touches seems to stink of unethical, if not outright criminal behavior.
H/T: The Gateway Pundit