A federal judge considering whether to appoint a special master to look at former President Donald Trump's seized records has been provided a list of four academics specializing in executive privilege, including one who has been loudly against Trump for years.
One of the individuals, Northwestern University law professor Heidi Kitrosser, has been vocally anti-Trump for years, a review of her social media posts shows.
Just this month, Kitrosser called Trump "an existential threat to democracy."
She has also described him as "shameless," "spineless," a narcissist, having a "dangerous obsession with image control," "cowardly," and having a bigoted immigration policy.
Kitrosser has also promoted the theory that Russian President Vladimir Putin controls Trump, sharing a blog post in 2018 titled "Keep in Mind that Putin Manages Trump With Carrots and Sticks," which she called "pretty chilling" and "important."
In other posts, Kitrosser expressed support for anti-Trump Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and government officials fired or criticized for violating government policy and/or laws, such as former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr.
McClanahan has also frequently denigrated Trump online, a review of the National Security Counselors, which he is identified as running, shows.
Other ThreeThe other three picks floated to Cannon are Mark Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, Mitchel Sollenberger, professor of political science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Jonathan Shaub, an assistant professor of law at the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law.
Shaub recently said that Trump's claims of executive privilege over records held at Mar-a-Lago "just misconstrues what executive privilege is," telling Reuters: "The person who gets to decide whether executive privilege is asserted is the president, so the special master would be [President Joe] Biden."
Shaub said he has never been a special master but has expertise on executive privilege, working on the matter when he worked at the Office of Legal Counsel and believes that's why his name was put forward.
"The other scholars mentioned in the filing are some of the most knowledgeable people in the country about executive privilege, and I felt honored to be included among them," he told The Epoch Times in an email.
Rozell and Sollenberger did not respond to requests for comment.
The pair frequently write op-eds together. In one from March, they praised Biden's decision not to back Trump's executive privilege claims over documents sought by the House of Representatives panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol breach.
"President Biden, in so refusing to act to stonewall Congress, did well to uphold the value of transparency in our constitutional democracy. But he also acted as president to refuse a privilege assertion by his predecessor. This is exactly what the Constitution intended, as only one person is given the duties and power of president," they wrote at the time. "No one else, especially a private citizen—even a former president—can also exercise presidential power. Despite arguments to the contrary, there are no laws or executive orders which can change that fundamental proposition."