Merrick Garland has really brought his A-Game. I wrote yesterday that the DOJ had no choice but to appeal traffic court judge Aileen Cannon’s moronic ruling. But I was talking about the DOJ appealing it to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
It turns out that Attorney General Merrick Garland is much more Machiavellian than I gave him credit for. Oh, he filed an appeal alright, but not to the 11th Circuit Court. Instead, the DOJ filed their appeal in Judge Cannon’s court, asking her to stay her own ruling when it came to the FBI and DOJ being able to continue to investigate the confidential documents, based on national security concerns. Namely, the US intelligence agencies couldn’t conduct their damage assessment if the FBI and DOJ couldn’t participate. If she doesn’t accede in the next week, then the DOJ will take their appeal to the 11th Circuit Court.
Folks, this is pure, unadulterated evil, and I’m in a position to know of which I speak. I’m 65 years old, born and raised in Chicago. In my formative years, judicial corruption in Chicago and Cook county wasn’t the exception, it was the rule. And the rule was simple. Let the mob, or other well connected lawyers make some Byzantine, complicated, ephemeral legal argument in court, rule in their favor, and wait for the cash stuffed envelope to follow.
But the simple fact of the matter is, Trump’s Florida LAWYERS are too goddamn stupid to make complicated, Byzantine arguments a judge can wrap up in. Which left it up to judge Cannon to sit in her chambers and craft a ruling where she did the heavy lifting of making Trump’s lawyers case for them. And her end product has been universally panned by the legal community as the judicial version of the poem The Jabberwock.
Garland’s appeal is legally flawless. Small claims court judge Cannon can either take the bitter pill, reverse her own ruling, and allow the FBI and the DOJ to resume a national security criminal investigation, or she can sit down and write another long, rambling, incoherent response defending her original ruling, which the 11th Circuit Court won’t touch with fire tongs.
The more I see of the Merrick Garland Justice Department, the more I admire the consummate skills that both he and his attorneys bring to the table. Garland has nicely boxed her in. Either reverse her moronic ruling, or face the humiliation of an overturn by the 11th Circuit Court. But there is a bright side for her. If this whole federal court judge thing goes south for her, maybe she can get a daily slot on FUX News version of Judge Judy.