You know, sometimes life among the stupid is truly satisfying. They strut around thinking they’re far superior to everybody else, and all they do is to wander around tripping over their own feet. And the gold standard for that is the Emperor Numbus Nuttus I.
Today the Trump legal team faced off in court against the DOJ legal team for the first time before Kindergarten Judge Aileen Cannon appointed Special Master Raymond Dearie. And it came out about as well as you’d expect when a bunch of K-Mart lawyers go up against an A-Team.
A little necessary background first to set the table. Judge Dearie was the only name to appear on only the Trump list. Is Judge Cannon trying to hand it off? And reporting says that it was Trump personally who demanded that Dearie’s name appear on the roster. Because Trump, in his delusional grandeur thought he had found a kindred spirit in Dearie.
Why? According to his niece, board certified sociologist Mary Trump, Trump’s mentality is simple, self obsessive, and warped. His father taught him from birth that there are winners, and everybody else is suckers. Dearie, obviously highly qualified, happened to be on the FISA bench to sign a couple of warrants for Trump aide Carter Page, which a later internal FBI investigation showed were palsied and inaccurate. In Trump’s delusional mind, this being played for a sucker made Dearie a natural ally against the deep state FBI.
Unfortunately for Traitor Tot, Judge Dearie is a consummate professional. He signed the warrants based on information in the affidavits he took for granted as true and accurate information. If it wasn’t then that mess was up to the FBI and DOJ to straighten out, no skin off of his nose. And certainly nothing to turn him into an enemy of the FBI. Shit happens.
It also makes him Trump’s worst nightmare since, if His Lowness had bothered to research Dearie, he would have found that Dearie is a total professional. Lawyers on both sides of the aisle love appearing in his court. He is honest, straightforward, direct, but respectful of all sides. He also has a quiet sense of humor, something Trump totally lacks.
And Judge Dearie clearly had his shit together from the moment he banged his gavel down to bring court into session. He started out by respectfully advising the Trump team that it was Time to shit, or get off of the pot. Trump’s lawyers couldn’t keep claiming proprietary interest in the documents, while their client ran around asserting he had declassified documents, without standing up in court and formally asserting which documents he had a proprietary interest in, and which had been declassified. The judge said that he needed a starting point in his review.
This was a stake in the heart of the Trump legal team’s Dracula. After all, Trump could make any claim he wanted in the media, but if the lawyers said it in court, it had damn well better be not only true, but provable. trump’s mouthpiece refused to provide details, stating that doing so would tip the defense’s hand in a formal criminal proceeding if Trump were ever indicted.
Judge Dearie squashed that like a bug hitting a windshield. He told Trump’s lawyer that, in looking at the photographs, they were all clearly and legibly stamped as classified or Top Secret. It was the responsibility of the executive branch to determine the classification of documents. Absent any definitive proof of declassification from the Trump team, the documents were classified, and under government control. BANG! goes the coffin lid.
Trump’s lawyer, obviously not satisfied with a public spanking from a federal judge, went on to argue that the defense had the necessity to see all of the classified documents, in order to determine the possible risk to the Trump team in case of a possible future Trump indictment. Notice how the Trump lawyers keep talking about a Trump indictment? Judge Dearie turned him sideways and spanked the other cheek with, Actually sir, it’s my job to review these documents. If I come across anything you need, and are entitled to see, I’ll make sure it’s made available to you.
And then Judge Dearie put a nail in the Trump coffin. He announced that he wanted the document scan completed In a month, which is 6 weeks less than the Trump team was looking for, but even shorter than the DOJ was requesting. Which tells you something important.
By his every action and statement in court today, Judge Dearie made it clear that he was not some dewy new, starry eyed Trump acolyte of a judge. He pretty clearly sees his job as the result of a pathetic judicial ruling from a Trump flunky, And he sees no reason in blowing the next 2 months of his life on what is basically a cut-and-dried judicial decision. The documents belong to the federal government, not Trump. Full stop.
To be honest, I can’t figure out how Trump has any lawyers at all, other than public defenders. If I need a lawyer, whether for an auto accident or a criminal case, I shut my fat yap and listen to my lawyer. Trump tells his barred lawyers what to do, and hounds them until they do it. That way lies madness.