You may not have noticed during all the tumult surrounding the FBI raid of the office of President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, but the person overseeing the Cohen legal proceedings is federal judge Kimba Wood.
And if you’re old enough – sorry, (some) readers – and this name makes you pause for a moment and think “Hey, haven’t I heard that name before?,” then you’ve been paying attention to public affairs for a long time.
We’ve encountered Judge Wood before, but not as a judge. In 1993, newly elected president Bill Clinton nominated Wood, then a federal judge, to be his attorney general but withdrew the nomination when it was revealed that Wood had hired an illegal immigrant as a nanny. Unlike Clinton’s first choice for the job, Zoe Baird, who employed an illegal immigrant as nanny when it was against the law to employ illegal immigrants and also had not paid her illegal employee’s social security taxes, Wood had paid all of the appropriate payroll taxes for her nanny and had employed her before it was illegal to employ an illegal immigrant. Trying to explain the distinction to a public that wasn’t interested in hearing anything from people who could afford to employ nannies was too complicated and too much trouble for a new administration that had already swung and missed once so Clinton withdrew the nomination and appointed Janet Reno instead. Wood remained on the federal bench and returns now to the spotlight with her assignment to oversee the Cohen proceedings.
Keeping in mind how Agent Orange once criticized a U.S.-born judge of Mexican ancestry as someone who couldn’t impartially hear a case on an immigration-related issue, how long do you think it will be before Trump insists that as a former Clinton nominee, Kimba Wood can’t possibly be impartial in the Cohen matter?
And what kind of tortured logic do you think he’ll attempt when it’s pointed out to him that Wood was appointed to the bench by…