I'm kinda thinking along the same line. Did the NSA supply the Dept of Justice with dirt on this Judge, or the Judge's kids that might ruin their career? I would really think not. But we all know that this is the inherent issue with widespread surveillance. They can game the system whether it is against criminals or their own judges. Maybe there was no dirt, just a promise that they'll get reappointed in 7years or possibly be up for something bigger down the road and maybe their kids would get an inside track on what ever route they are taking in life.
In the end of the day, you start to think these are they guys that cheated all through their lives with the idea that "do whatever it takes to win, you must be the person on top no matter what cost...it is only you that matters!" When you think about how they are finding ways to cheat the laws of the land in the name of something else, what else do they cheat at or on?