President Donald Trump has nominated a candidate to fill a federal judge vacancy who is a former deputy Texas attorney general who declined to pursue a $5.4 million lawsuit against Trump University.
David S. Morales was nominated by Trump to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, according to a Wednesday report in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
In 2016, while serving as deputy attorney general to then-Attorney General Greg Abbot, a Republican who is now governor of Texas, Morales declined to pursue the lawsuit against Trump and Trump University. At the time, Morales released a statement regarding the disposition of the lawsuit, which also noted that he had not discussed his decision with Abbott.
Following Trump’s nomination of Morales, Texas’ Republican U.S. senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, released a joint statement lauding Trump’s appointment and calling for Morales’ “swift” confirmation.
Cruz previously worked with Morales in the Texas Attorney General’s office.
“Having worked side-by-side with David in the Texas Attorney General’s Office defending the constitutional rights of Texans, I know firsthand that he will be a principled, passionate defender of the Constitution and the rule of law,” Cruz said in the statement.
On Monday, a federal judge finalized a $25 million settlement between Trump and former students of Trump University, which was closed in 2010. The former students contended that they were misled when enrolling in the university’s real estate seminars and received essentially worthless “educations.”
Trump has not admitted to any wrongdoing in the Trump University case.