Media outlets are abuzz about “A Warning,” a new book set for release on Nov. 19, which was purportedly written by an anonymous senior official in the Trump administration — supposedly the same person who wrote an infamous anti-Trump op-ed for The New York Times back in 2018.
Axios received a sneak peek at the contents of the book and shared a portion detailing how President Donald Trump reportedly sought to get rid of some or all federal judges due to the fact that so many were politically biased and had consistently ruled against him.
Axios reported that, according to the anonymous author, “The president has proposed doing away with judges on more than one occasion.”
In one particular example, Trump was reported to have said, “Can we just get rid of the judges? Let’s get rid of the f***ing judges.” He was said to have added, “There shouldn’t be any at all, really.”
On top of that, the author claims that the president even urged his team of lawyers to draft legislation that would have reduced the overall number of federal judges on the bench, though it is unclear by how many.
Reshaping the judiciary
Of course, federal judges are authorized by Article III of the U.S. Constitution, and it would certainly take an act of Congress, if not a constitutional amendment, in order to make significant changes to the federal judiciary.
As such, the anonymous author wrote that Trump’s staff essentially ignored his seemingly unconstitutional request.
But as unbelievable as all of that sounds — and it does seem awfully far-fetched — President Trump has in fact achieved substantial change in the federal judiciary and has done so in a perfectly legal and traditional manner — if unprecedented in its scope — by nominating and seeing confirmed an incredibly large number of judges.
NPR reported that Trump has appointed and secured confirmation of roughly a quarter of the appellate-level judges and about one-seventh of the district court judges on the federal bench, establishing ideological balance, if not even a conservative majority in some cases, that could last for the next three to four decades, given the lifetime nature of judicial appointments.
“Nothing but lies”
As for the claims put forward in the anonymously-authored book, the White House has dismissed the whole thing as “fiction” and “nothing but lies,” according to the Washington Examiner.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “The coward who wrote this book didn’t put their name on it because it is nothing but lies. Real authors reach out to their subjects to get things fact-checked — but this person is in hiding, making that very basic part of being a real writer impossible.”
In the end, this snippet about doing away with federal judges is likely just a fantastical piece of fiction intended to gin up anger against the president and further the narrative that he simply has no idea what he’s doing. But, as proven by his overwhelming success thus far with regard to judicial nominations, he is well aware of what it takes to reshape the judiciary and has had no need to resort to such outlandish and unconstitutional methods.