Meet Royce C. Lamberth, the Judge who finally gave Holder the warrant he claimed he knew nothing about. Lamberth is a Reagan appointee, who has served in his current role since November of 1987. That’s a decent stretch. He’s the third judge Holder went to and he just happens to flip the decision of two other judges. Convenient. Makes you wonder if they had something on him as leverage — that’s how this administration seems to roll.
Lamberth issued an apology, which seemed to only be covered by the Washington Post and then via FOX news according to a Google search this morning. From the Washington Post:
The chief judge of the District’s federal court issued an unusual order Wednesday, apologizing to the public and the media for not making certain court documents widely available online.
So where is the actual apology statement? Washington Post does not include it; no text of it, excerpt or a link to it.
While we all go digging for this apology, we can look at Lambreth headlines from the past.
- Mother Jones: Hillary’s Hero: Judge Royce Lamberth
- Wall Street Journal: D.C. Circuit Boots Judge Royce Lamberth From Indian Case
- Wall Street Journal: Judge orders release of Nixon’s Watergate Testimony
- Orlando Sentinel: Judge Chides Clintons For Health-plan Stalling
- LA Times: U.S. judge takes Bush to task over warrantless surveillance
- Politico: Chief judge: I’ll resolve Guantanamo lawyers’ dispute
Update: Wired in 2008 – New York Times‘ NSA Whistleblower Reveals Himself
The secret wiretap requests went only to Ashcroft and the FISA court’s chief judge, initially U.S. Judge Royce C. Lamberth but later Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, bypassing the other 10 judges on the court.
Lamberth seems to be the go-to guy for both administrations.