I don’t see how this ends well for Judge Cannon. I don’t know about you, but when I embark on a path where the ultimate outcome isn’t already known, I try to leave an out. Call it a contingency plan, or an exit strategy. I call it an out, and it’s meant to save my ass.
Apparently judge Cannon didn’t think that far ahead. She saw a chance to do a solid for her political Godfather, and jumped in head first. I guess she never asked herself why she, a totally inexperienced lawyer was hand picked in the first place. Nor did she ask herself why Trump’s lawyers were bringing her the case, some 70 miles from the proper court of jurisdiction. Does the word chump mean anything?
And now she’s in the soup. After the DOJ took her to the judicial woodshed yesterday with a scathing request for her to rethink her decision, she has given the Trump defense team until 10 AM Monday morning to rethink their position on the DOJ’s request to lift her stay on the FBI and DOJ prohibiting them from accessing the 100+ classified documents for their national security review.
This compromise that the DOJ proposed was about as moderate as you can ask for, and for her, it’s a gift from God for getting off this ledge. The DOJ will allow her to appoint a Special Master, without the Special Master being able to access classified documents, and the FBI can go back to work. This sweetheart deal allows her to save face by not having to reverse her original ruling, since the two sides reached a negotiated settlement.
Sorry judge Cannon, I hate to tell you this, but it’s a pipe dream. Because for Traitor Tot and his legal beagles, those classified documents are the only issue! Trump could give a shit less about all that other shit, it was all natural cover for the classified documents. For some reason, His Lowness has gotten it into his thick skull that those documents are his personal property, and he isn’t going to let you negotiate them away.
Trump’s lawyers will come into court on Monday and demand that you leave the original ruling intact, including the injunction against the FBI from accessing the documents. And to teach their puppy a lesson, my guess is that their response filing will contain a motion demanding the immediate return of the contested documents under executive privilege.
Welcome to Trumpmenistan judge Cannon. You are about to learn the hard way what other miscreants like Michael Cohen, John Eastman, Rudy Giuliani and Peter Navarro have already learned. When it comes to Trump, loyalty is a one-way-street. When you accepted that case, out of your jurisdiction, you showed loyalty. When you wrote that twisted, nonsensical ruling, you doubled down on that loyalty. And now that your judicial and reputational ass is hanging out of a 30th story window, the only loyalty you’ll get is when trump pushes you out of that window so you don’t have to suffer for too long. Hell, plenty more where you came from.
When the Trump team files their response on Monday morning, you’ll have 4 days to get your shit together. Four days because the DOJ has set a deadline of Thursday before they go over your flighty head. You can either do the right thing, or the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will make a judicial laughingstock out of you. I won’t say that the ball is back in your court, simply because the ball never left your court. Tick-Tock.