Trump appointee Judge Aileen Cannon is threatening to go way beyond her stated purview of “considering” appointing a special master to review the classified documents seized at the Trump’s Mar-A-Lago club, to now thinking about preventing the DOJ from any further review of them.
This is beyond chilling, I had assumed if she appoints a special master, he or she could then negotiate with the DOJ on which documents might be further assessed. Will this negotiation now be one sided?
“WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A federal judge indicated Thursday that she’s giving serious consideration to temporarily barring Justice Department investigators from reviewing material seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon suggested that she’s mulling imposing that restriction, while potentially allowing an exception for the intelligence community to continue reviewing national security risks from the potential exposure of the slew of sensitive documents the FBI found at Trump’s compound earlier this month.
Cannon’s willingness to consider restraints — even for a period of time — on prosecutors and investigators in the politically explosive inquiry is some of the first positive news for Trump and his attorneys in a saga that presents an acute legal threat and has caused new strains with Republican elected officials.
Justice Department attorneys pushed back sharply against any such limits, warning against disruption of their ongoing criminal investigation of Trump’s handling of classified documents. Cannon, who previously said she was inclined to order an outside review of the materials seized from Trump’s estate, appeared undeterred during a 90-minute hearing that featured arguments from DOJ counterintelligence officials and Trump’s legal team…
… Bracing for possible defeat, Bratt said that if Cannon opted to deploy a wide-ranging special master and prevent DOJ from accessing the materials during the review, she should issue a formal injunction. An order of that kind would likely be appealable by the Justice Department.
This although the DOJ has stated that the FBI’s filtration team has already sifted the seized documents and, of course, the frigging fact that the Orangutan was in illegal procession of them in the first place!
What’s the harm, Judge Aileen Cannon? Your potential ruling for a special Master sets a precedent that ANY private citizen can retain classified docs and circumvent government and legal process. Because, that’s right, Trump has no Presidential privilege. Can I get an eye roll?
— Lesley Lawrence (@LesleyDLawrence) September 1, 2022
I wanna only appear before judges I appoint, Lesley!
Maybe I could even get some records expunged!
Is Judge Aileen Cannon ignoring the Law or is she just clueless, either way she could be removed from the bench if for anything for dereliction of her constitutional and Legal duties 🤔
— RACKY1 (@EdEspam) September 1, 2022
Hard agree, Ed!
I have a bad feeling that as much as everyone would like to believe that Judges base decisions on law and not the people who appointed them are going to find that’s not the case with Aileen Cannon. #hopeIAmWrong
— Joanne 🦋☮️ (@jordangel2981) September 1, 2022
Just to see if I’m following this correctly:
– U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, a tRump appointee, is considering an injunction on the DOJ reviewing the documents seized at MAL.
– Trusty, tRumps “trusted” attorney wants to be appointed Special Master 1/
— Maya Carter (@mayaj1973) September 1, 2022
Judge shopping at its finest.
Here we go again. The orange weasel will get his slimy ass out of this one because of another one of his twisted appointees will throw all legal norms out the window. If there’s one thing we can be sure of, she’s already receiving threats from his rabid base and is probably scared for her life. She’ll protect him to protect herself.
If she gives Trump what he wants DOJ can appeal the ruling. All the way up to SCOTUS and even those six Republican fascist fuckwads are unlikely to rule in Trump’s favor. Well, five of them anyway. Thomas will of course do whatever Trump wants but 8-1 will still be a slap in Trump’s ugly orange face. And perhaps make that Trumpian federal judge take stock. She’s still young enough to maybe relegate the stink of bowing to Trump on this to footnote status IF she gets her shit together.
She will not have the final say though, surely.
Emergency appeal by the DOJ if she gets cute is guaranteed. Besides, THEY’VE ALREADY BEEN REVIEWED!
I heard a prosecutor say if the judge allowed a special master it would slow down the investigation and the DOJ would just appeal it. 😀
Why else did he appoint so many unqualified judges? They were all loyal to him and him alone. Forget the letter of the law. Only fealty to him mattered! So he appointed as many as he could, pulling them from who knows where, so that they would defend him to the death and beyond!
So true!!! He probably has the judge on the payroll. Fact is he took classified documents and the. His pathetic lawyers lied about them. He’s at fault as usual!
Where is all the confidence from those who thought it was a slam dunk? Crickets. Only the deeply skeptical seem to be standing on solid ground.
Still there, old man…because I clearly remember that the only reason this case is even here is because Trump went judge-shopping. She doesn’t play ball, DOJ does an emergency appeal and finds a more accomodating judge. Talk to me again when you can demonstrate you understand process.
I understand he walked on a federal investigation on campaign violations that sent his attorney to jail. I understand he got caught obstructing justice many times well documented in the Mueller report by colluding with our Russian enemy including his corrupt campaign manager giving them key voter lists to steal 2016 and he walked. I understand he has been caught in multiple financial scams over & over and he’s walked on those. I understand he blackmailed Ukraine, got caught again and ruined military careers of those who testified, and he walked on the second impeachment, as he did the first one. I understand he’s assaulted over 20 women we know of and he’s walked on those. I understand he planned with cronies slates of phony electors to overthrow a legal election and he’s walked on that. I understand he planned and implemented a violent overthrow of our government 20 months ago and so far he’s walked on that. I understand he violated the Hatch act over and over and he’s walked on that. I understand he took 336 documents, including top secret documents and defied a supena and had them over a year and he’s walked on that so far. I understand he violated asylum laws, destroying thousands of children & families’ lives and he’s walked on that. I understand the Israelis informed him about covid nov 2019. He then admitted on tape in feb 2020 he knew it was deadly contagious and lied daily on national tv as a million plus citizens died that we know of, and he did nothing but spread propaganda which is why 30% of our citizens won’t get vaccinated keeping us in a pandemic, and he walked on that. Goddamn the list is so long I’m not going to bother to address your blinders by continuing to list the crimes he’s walked on. Silly me to think a judge he appointed and a Supreme Court he’s stolen will let him walk again. Obviously you have no experience being railroaded by a legal system as a political prisoner. I have. Your self importance & so called expertise on the process as you put it seems asinine in the face of facts. End of discussion. Believe what you want just like the people who preach the Bible and really don’t know much. Odds are he will never see prison. Guess I’m just out of touch. But I’m man enough to use my name instead of flinging insults hiding behind a moniker. Guess bravery comes with age sonny.
Methinks the Big Macs will get him before justice does.
It’s a footrace. Maybe Natasha will make a deal with putin to cut this rotting fish head out of her life. BRING ME MOOSE AND SQUIRREL!
Thanks Scott – all totally true.
Why did Merrick Garland allow Trump’s Judge to determine if there should be a Special Master? The DOJ or the Magistrates Judge could have stated it wasn’t her jurisdiction! Well it is now, and yet another investigation can be flushed down the toilet.
If Trump gets away with this crime (as non-President) he can rally his supporters and go on to win 2024. And then everyone is flushed down the toilet. Its so serious! Garland should be replaced immediately.
Trump is an advanced cancer, the patient may or may not survive his extraction.
I’m actually having a very scary thought: the more taurine excrement that is thrown around is simply adding to the publicity of the case.
That being so, it’s going to be extremely difficult (if not impossible) to select an impartial jury – no jury = no trial = the scumbag walks
The Justice Department argued in Tuesday’s filing that Trump has NO STANDING over presidential records, “because those records do not belong to him.”:
Someone needs to clue this dumb c*nt to something: D.O.J. would appeal her dumb-fuckery in a NY second. Pretty damned sure the court of appeals would clear their docket for this one especially when DOJ uses words like “classified/top secret documents” being in the hands of an idiot and very un-secure. How about this word: “obstruction”? all of this can be proven merely by what the orange idiot said/texted. Hell, once the next court to hear about this they’ll tell the dumb twat trump picked (like he picked any other kind) to piss up a rope.
I’m afraid that at best former guy is buying very little time. still, even a little time is more than none and it would keep him out of prison for a little while longer.
Regardless of the internet pissing contest, I know we ALL want him perp walked. Let’s hope we get to celebrate like the country did when the war in Europe ended. Nothing wrong with hope as long as the history of the past isn’t glossed over the way his criminal & traitorous history has been. This is a rich white man’s country. Anyone who thinks it’s a level playing field either spends too much time on their butt typing or has no real experience with the law. He could walk on this given the appeals, and he will appeal the sun coming up, HIS Supreme Court could pull anything. One justice’ wife is a traitor and cult member. Ones a drunken rapist. One is younger than my shoes and belonged to a religious cult. After all, THEY ENDED WOMENS’ RIGHTS THE COURT HAS UPHELD SINCE 1973. Everybody said that won’t happen,including the justices WHO PERJURED THEMSELVES AND GOT REWARDED FOR DOING SO. I won’t believe it until it actually happens. Period.
The so called “judge” should be charged as an accomplice.
nothing happened yet
Now you know prosecutors & judges NEVER go to jail even if they subvert the truth to knowingly send innocent people to jail. Justice system? That phrase holds as much water as Fox ‘news’.