Theodore Chuang: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Theodore Chuang serves on the District Court for the District of Maryland. (CAPAL)

Theodore Chuang is the second federal judge this week to stop President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban from taking effect.

Chuang issued an injunction on Thursday morning after hearing arguments in a case in which the plaintiffs argued that President Trump’s second travel ban still discriminates against Muslims. On Wednesday night, a federal judge in Hawaii froze Trump’s order nationwide just hours before it was to take effect.

Theodore Chuang lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and two children, according to a 2014 statement released by Senator Ben Cardin. He is active in the Metropolitan Baptist Church of Largo, Maryland. He also serves as a deacon in Washington, D.C.

Here’s what you need to know about Theodore Chuang, the second judge to issue a restraining order against President Trump’s ban.


1. He Was Nominated by President Obama in 2014

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President Obama during his final press conference on December 16th, 2016. (Getty)

Theodore Chuang was nominated to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland by President Barack Obama in September 2013. This came after Judge Roger W. Titus assumed senior status.

On April 29th, 2014, the Senate confirmed Chaung in a 53 to 42 vote.

Derrick Watson, the Hawaii judge who issued the first restraining order on Wednesday, was also appointed by President Obama.


2. He Previously Worked for the United States Department of Justice

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The Department of Justice is shown on November 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Theodore Chuang graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994. After graduation, he spent a year serving as a clerk for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

After this, Chaung began working in the Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division. He served in this position until 1998.

From 1998 to 2004, Chaung served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Massachusetts. He then worked at a law firm for a few years before going to work as the deputy chief investigative counsel for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the chief investigative counsel for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and finally, he served in the general counsel’s office of the Department of Homeland Security.


3. He Was the Editor of the Harvard Law Review

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The entrance to Harvard Law School campus is seen on May 10, 2010. (Getty)

While he was at Harvard Law School, Theodore Chuang was the editor of the Harvard Law Review.

He also previously covered sports for The Harvard Crimson. One of his last articles was titled “Daddy? What Were Sports in The 80s Like?” and in it, he details what he will tell his future son about what sports were like in the 1980s.

“The 80s were when Brad Park beat Buffalo in overtime,” he writes. “When the lights went out at the Boston Garden. When Terry O’Reilly hit the ref. Jim Schoenfeld, too. When the recreational refs in yellow jerseys officiated the Conference Finals. When the Bruins went over the boards in New York.”

After running through a number of other sports memories from the 80s, Chuang concludes by writing, “The kid will look at me and frown. Like you, he probably won’t understand a word I say. But I understand every single one. That’s what memories are all about.”


4. He Worked at the State Department During the Benghazi Hearings

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Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (Getty)

As Congress was investigating the terrorist attack that occurred at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Chuang was working as legal counsel for the U.S. State Department. He was in charge of providing legal guidance to the department as Congress was investigating the attack.

When Chuang was nominated to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Republicans opposed his nomination, saying that he had a role in “stonewalling” Congress’ Benghazi investigation.

“His job at the State Department was to provide legal guidance and manage the department’s responses to the congressional investigation into the terrorist attack,” Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said in a statement. “For months, the State Department ignored congressional inquiries.  That forced the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to issue subpoenas in August 2013. Mr. Chuang received those duly issued subpoenas, but continued the administration’s policy of systematic stonewalling.”

Grassley goes on to say that Chuang’s “role in coordinating the administration’s responses was plainly unsatisfactory and unacceptable” and that “[f]or this reason, I have decided to oppose this nomination.”

Chuang was ultimately confirmed, but every single Republican in the entire Senate voted against him. On the other hand, Derrick Watson, the first judge to file a restraining order against the travel ban this week, was unanimously confirmed.


5. He Took Donald Trump’s Past Statements Into Account in the Ruling

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President Donald Trump walks to a waiting Marine One helicopter while departing the White House on March 15, 2017. (Getty)

In his decision, Chuang, like many of the other judges who have heard this case, took Donald Trump’s past comments into account as evidence that this executive order is a Muslim ban, even if it does not say that in the text of the order.

“These statements, which include explicit, direct statements of President Trump’s animus toward Muslims and intention to impose a ban on Muslims entering the United States, present a convincing case that the first executive order was issued to accomplish, as nearly as possible, President Trump’s promised Muslim ban,” Chuang said in his decision.

In addition to Donald Trump’s own comments, both Derrick Watson and Theodore Chuang cited Rudy Giuliani, who said in a Fox News interview in late January that Trump asked him how to legally institute a Muslim ban. The judges also cited Donald Trump’s promise to put in place a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

“The history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the purpose of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban,” Chuang said in his decision.

At a rally on Wednesday, President Trump did not help his case when he said that the second travel ban is basically a watered-down version of the first one and that he wishes he could go back to the original order. Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii argued in his decision that the end goal of both orders is exactly the same, and lawyers will likely cite this new quote from Trump as evidence of that.

“The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order,” Trump said. “I think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way. That’s what I wanted to do in the first place.”

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up yours

I wish the Democrats, would have been kicking and screaming as they backed up their trucks ; and loaded up America’s gold!

But that was all part of the plan !

Obama has left the gift that keeps on giving.
It had nothing to do with America or the American people !
The Obama administration, its sole purpose was to destroy America !!!

Just think if Hillary Clinton won the presidency ,our children would be learning Sharia law !!!

Now you can see how close we came to losing this country .

Anonymous

Typical up yours paranoid post . . . totally devoid of truth. YAWN.

Anonymous

Yeah Jerome, the typical super smart, Harvard/Harvard editor in chief of Law Review, who has a nice family and lives in a nice house in a great neighborhood, is involved with his church, and has more intelligence in the tip of his little finger than in your entire cerebral cortex.

Murl

Hey 1:12 pm…. Yeah, he’s a perfect example of someone who’s book smart and no commonsense.

Anonymous

Hey Murl, “common sense” is two words, not one . . . and since you have so much “common sense” perhaps you’ll share what part of the Constitution the judge failed to uphold?

up yours

So you’re saying !

I don’t live in a nice house ?

I’m not involved in my church ?

I haven’t had a swell education ?

You know for sure ,that he has more knowledge in his little pinky ,than I have in my big toe ?

I doubt that very seriously !

So up yours ( Anonymous ! ) .

Anonymous

Man, up yours, I didn’t think it was possible, but your posts are actually deteriorating . . . get some help, dude . . . and fast too!

texasjimbrock

Anon: Intelligence is one thing, judgment is another. And as a retired lawyer, let me remind you that the Judiciary is one branch of three equal bodies according to the Constitution. And the legislature has given the President wide authority w/respect to immigration…which the judge did not discuss.

Elmo Glick

Not appropriate. I despise the ruling, I think it’s wrong, and I think the order was not only constitutional but appropriate given the threat. You don’t help our side when you engage in bigotry.

Anonymous

The Democrats will stop at nothing to help the Muslims in their Conquest

Anonymous

Elmo, if you’re going to lecture folks about bigotry, start with Trump followers.

Anonymous

What threats have these 6 countries made, Elmo? If it’s a Muslim thing, why not ban the whole world’s population from entering the USA, as there are Muslims everywhere. Now, please explain to the rest of us how this order was constitutional.

Anonymous

Jerome, I just love it when a Trumptard confirms that Trump and his Trumptards are bigots. Just further documents their room-temperature IQs, while concurrently proving the opposition is correct about oyou both..

Jane

Absolutely correct Tad Early!! Trump’s statements during campaign are irrelevant! His actions as President are what matters! He’s trying his best to protect us, while Obama is pulling the strings, to destroy his Presidency behind the scenes. How everyone doesn’t see that fact, I’ll never understand!!

Anonymous

Jane, honoeychild, Donnie Boy needs no help from anyone in destroying his Presidency–he’s doing a brilliant job of that all on his own!

Buck Breen

Jane is spot on with her post. This judge is another obama appointee just like the one in Hiwahii marching to odumbo’s orders.

Anonymous

Hey, if Hillary can be burned at the stake for stuff she wrote in college, then old Drumpfto can be held accountable for what he repeatedly said on the campaign trail 6 months ago. BTW, how’s his promise of healthcare for everyone coming along these days? Another lie Trumptards don’t want him held accountable for?

Anonymous

Gawd, does a single Trump supporter know how to spell . . . a typo is one thing, but “Hiwahii” . . . really????? Dude, get a dictionary next time!!

Oh yeah, since the judge in Washington that originally ruled against Trump was appointed by a Republican, does that make his ruling right?

Anonymous

Jane, so should we let the ole Donnie Boy off the hook for his healthcare statement too . . . and while we;re at it, his bogus Obama wiretapped him statements? Are you trying to tell us that 45 is just a bombastic blowhard whi shouldn’t be held accountable for what he says, cuz everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie?

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