Trump Nominates Thomas Cullen For Federal Judgeship. He's Best Known For Prosecuting Trump's Supporters

Chris Menahan
Dec. 18, 2019

US Attorney Thomas Cullen made a name for himself by aggressively prosecuting members of the "Rise Above Movement" who fought with antifa in the run up to Trump's election and others who attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

From The Roanoke Times, "Trump nominates U.S. Attorney Cullen for federal judgeship":
President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen for a federal judgeship in the Western District of Virginia on Wednesday.

[...] Cullen is a 42-year-old native of Richmond who lives in Roanoke. He was nominated for the judicial vacancy created when U.S. District Court Judge Glen Conrad claimed senior status two years ago.

The four-seat, Roanoke-based court has operated with reduced judicial resources ever since and would welcome seeing its vacant district judgeship filled.

Cullen must first be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. If confirmed, he would receive a lifetime appointment. The pay is about $220,000 a year.
Trump probably has no idea who Cullen even is but this is just more evidence he has no power over his own presidency and no command of the federal bureaucracy.

Trump has repeatedly praised folks who fought with antifa and even said he was considering declaring antifa a "major organization of terror" but his own appointees have aggressively prosecuted his own supporters for fighting with antifa under the archaic Anti-Riot Act in a way deemed too radical for even a California judge.

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