The Justice Department’s special counsel’s investigation into Donald Trump took an interesting turn this week when Judge James “Jeb” Boasberg was sworn in as the new chief justice of the U.S. District Court in Washington. His seven-year term will focus on the federal investigation into the events of January 6, 2021, but that’s not what draws attention to his new appointment — it’s his former roommate.
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It appears that during the days of Yale Law School, Boasberg was a roommate of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was appointed by Donald Trump. The two men have continued their friendship after their early legal careers and take annual trips alongside other Yale alumni. The connection is quite well known in Washington, DC circles as The New York Times even put 2018 in it before Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “Mr. Kavanaugh’s talents were not always noticed at Yale, where his class was full of academic stars and would produce several federal judges,” the publication explains. “One of them, James E. Boasberg, now a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, appointed by President Barack Obama, lived in the house and remains a close friend of Judge Kavanaugh.”
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Outgoing chief judge Beryl Howell has nothing but praise for Boasberg, who she says “will be very well suited to be the next chief judge”. He has a big assignment ahead of him with upcoming testimonies from Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and former Vice President Mike Pence, all of whom were subpoenaed earlier this year. As Ivanka and Kushner move further and further away from Donald Trump’s political ambitions, it remains to be seen whether they will turn on the former president and offer meaningful insight into what happened in the Oval Office that day.
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Boasberg will come under a lot of pressure, but given his history on the bench, it seems that both sides of the political spectrum believe justice will be served.