"I don’t see how the public can have or regain any confidence in the criminal justice system when a judge at the federal level shows such obvious deference to the country’s most audacious liar, mob-inciter and unrepentant scoundrel. Judges are supposed to serve justice, not the men who put them on the bench!" - Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun
"Here you have a decision that is just not tethered to the law, it's really intellectually dishonest, even its recitation of the facts ignores so many facts and skews everything in favor of Donald Trump. So it's really really difficult to read this and say it's an intellectually honest ruling." Former DOJ general counsel Andrew Weissmann last night on ALL In.
Stunning the judicial experts - who doubted Trump's hegemony over the Justice system could go this far- a Trump Federal district judge proved them wrong. Siding with Traitor Trump, an (obvious) acolyte, Aileen M. Cannon, ordered the appointment of an independent arbiter to review the more than 11,000 government records the F.B.I. seized in its search of Mar-a-Lago last month. She also granted the arbiter, known as a special master, broad powers that extended beyond filtering materials that were potentially subject to attorney-client privilege to also include executive privilege.
Let's take a moment here to process this move is totally unnecessary, and in fact is redundant. First, the DOJ and FBI have already been filtering the documents and files Trump pilfered and which do not belong to him, but to the National Archives. Even former Trump AG Bill Barr made it clear - on FOX News no less - that Trump overstepped his legal bounds by grabbing these documents and stashing them carelessly at Mar-a-Lago, e.g.
As you watch, note the dopey faces of the two FOX clowns, unable to decide whether to scream or pull Barr's connection. But this is serious stuff. Second, by interfering in a matter beyond her pay grade, this Trump pawn Cannon has delayed the essential indictment of Trump for his paper crimes - which of course he's just fine with. Delay using legal tactics has been his stock in trade from the year dot. Or at least from the year he first got Russkie money to help with his properties, and later, 2016 campaign.
According to Stephen I. Vladeck, a law professor at University of Texas:
"This was an unprecedented intervention by a federal district judge into the middle of an ongoing federal criminal and national security investigation,”
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, appointed by Donald Trump in November of 2020, has granted the former president his request for a “special master” to review the more than 11,000 documents the FBI seized when executing a search warrant on Mar-a-Lago August 8.
“In addition to granting the appointment of a special master, Cannon enjoined the government from reviewing and using the seized materials for ‘investigative purposes’ until the special master’s review is complete or a separate court order is given, though she did not pause the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s review at this time,” LawFare reports.
The special master, an “independent third party will examine ‘the seized property for personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege,’ Cannon wrote in an order issued in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida