Human motivation is a pretty powerful thing.
It underpins everything we do—no human activity escapes the immutable laws of human motivation, yet many people in this country, especially those on the left, deny human motivation.
They’re human motivation deniers.
This point is brought to life here in the case of Michael Sussmann, a man who has been accused and charged with crimes relating to deep state corruption.
Sussmann will reportedly be tried by a judge with whom he is “professional acquaintances” with.
Forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but this is a massive conflict of interest.
Judges have been known to be lenient because the defendant said something nice, or maybe they just ate lunch. It is a common convention for lawyers to attempt to get their clients in front of a judge after lunchtime.
The reason for this is that people are in a far better mood when they have a full belly, and are far more likely to acquiesce to your demands.
This might sound ridiculous, but it’s 100% true, and the reason I am telling you this is to demonstrate just how fallible judges are to the common human motivations which affect us all.
If lunchtime can change a judge’s mind, then certainly the fact that he has worked with Sussmann before and likely has a soft spot for him will certainly affect his judgement.
After all, he’s only human, all too human.
Take a look:
NEW: Judge Christopher Cooper is presiding over the Durham case against Michael Sussmann. Cooper said he was "professional acquaintances" with Sussmann at DOJ in 1990s, and Cooper's wife represents Lisa Page. No sign that Durham team will push for recusal.https://t.co/6vfu35IcML
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) September 22, 2021
Officials say Judge Christopher Cooper's ties to leading Democrats and key figure in discredited Trump-Russia probe should disqualify him from case of Michael Sussmann, lawyer who fed anti-Trump dirt to FBI while hiding connection to Clinton campaign.
— Tim Gradous (@tgradous) September 20, 2021
Fox News framed the events, and asks whether or not the judge should recuse himself:
The judge in the case of recently indicted Democratic lawyer Michael Sussmann is married to the lawyer who represented a disgraced former FBI official that worked on the Donald Trump-Russia probe that Sussmann played some role in advancing.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper of the District of Columbia, who is presiding over the Sussmann case, is married to lawyer Amy Jeffress, who represented FBI lawyer Lisa Page in a civil case.
Cooper, an Obama-appointee, and Jeffress, a former top aide to Attorney General Eric Holder, are well connected in the Democratic party. Current Attorney General Merrick Garland even presided over their 1999 wedding.
when Elliot Ness went after Al Capone for tax evasion the courts were stacked with Capone's 'pals'. He STILL went to prison.
It's like that here.
— Trumpster (@Gettingtrump) September 21, 2021
Sussmann hearing underway before Judge Christopher Cooper, who kicks it off by noting that he worked at DOJ in early 90s when Sussmann did. Says they didn’t work together or socialize, but he’d entertain a motion to recuse….
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) September 22, 2021
Washington Examiner noted this massive conflict of interest as well:
“I worked in the 90s at the deputy attorney general’s office two years following law school. Mr. Sussmann also worked at the building at the same time in the criminal division. We did not work together or socialize, but I think it’s fair to say we were professional acquaintances,” Cooper said.
“I don’t believe that this creates a conflict, but my regular practice is to disclose these sorts of relationships with lawyers or with parties on the record. And I would advise you that I would be happy to entertain a motion if either side believes there is a conflict on that basis or any other.”
Cooper was a special assistant to then-Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick from 1994 to 1996. He was later a volunteer for Obama For America in 2008, served as a member of the vice presidential candidate vetting team in the summer of 2008, which selected now-President Joe Biden, and served on President-elect Obama’s transition team from November 2008 to January 2009 as part of the DOJ agency review team.