Jame Boasberg will inherit oversight of secret proceedings involving Donald Trump after becoming the chief judge of the US District Court in Columbia.
New chief judge to oversee secret Trump proceedings
A new judge is taking over leadership of the United States trial court in Washington, inheriting oversight of secret proceedings involving special counsel criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump’s retention of classified documents and efforts by him and his allies to undo his 2020 election loss.
James “Jeb” Boasberg becomes chief judge of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, replacing Judge Beryl Howell as her seven-year term comes to an end.
The chief judge has sole discretion over sealed federal grand jury proceedings.
That means Boasberg will immediately take over responsibility for handling certain issues that might arise in the special counsel investigations involving Trump, who in November announced he was seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.