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First, it prevents FBI special agents from glimpsing secret documents they recovered from Mar-a-Lago. Then it appointed a special court ruling that former President Donald Trump wanted to slow down the investigation into his mishandling of classified documents.
But now, U.S. District Judge Elaine Cannon apparently already knew the Department of Justice was willing to return Trump tons of personal records six days before she claimed the former president was suffering “real harm” by “depriving him of a potentially important figure.” documents.”
The “medical records” that were worried the feds might leak to the press – what she called a “risk of irreparable injury” to the former president – were actually a doctor’s note that Trump himself made public when he ran for the White House in 2016 as part of a publicity stunt .
The description in court records indicates that the Feds were trying to return an appendix to the infamous and striking letter that was quickly printed by a Manhattan doctor emphatically declaring, “If Mr. Trump is elected, I can say unequivocally, he will be the healthiest person ever.” for the presidency.”
Those details were made public when the court erred Tuesday night and posted a sealed Justice Department dossier on the public agenda, which was quickly caught by Bloomberg reporter Zoe Tillman.
Judge Cannon’s latest ruling in Mar-a-Lago just got a seat
The letter addressed to the judge on August 30, marked “sealed,” illustrates the very cautious manner in which the Department of Justice handled its raids on Mar-a-Lago earlier that month. The FBI had a “privilege review team” of agents and attorneys to conduct an initial survey and sort evidence to clear out anything that could skew a potential trial for the former president — such as confidential letters between him and any of his thirty-five different attorneys.
In the letter, a Justice Department attorney representing that “tainted team” explained that three weeks after the merchandise was seized in Florida County, the team was willing to return 43 items unrelated to the investigation: legal documents ranging from a confidential settlement with the PGA to bills from its attorney Alina sweetheart.
This revelation makes it all the more clear how far Cannon went to please the president who gave her a life appointment to the federal court. This only adds to what has become a resounding consensus among legal scholars that Cannon is squarely on Trump’s side.
Trump’s lawyers, who have gone to the judge to shop for her in the past, appeared to do so again when they filed this lawsuit to freeze the FBI investigation. Avoiding the South Florida magistrate’s judge who initially agreed to the search warrant and was actually overseeing the order, Trump’s lawyers identified the case as unrelated to other pending lawsuits — turning the matter over to another judge and ending up with Cannon.
In the court’s first hearing, Cannon noted a deep mistrust of the Justice Department and journalists. She believed the FBI’s investigation of Trump for mishandling of “top secret” records was somewhat different from the federal government’s damage assessment of whether the nation’s secrets were at risk. Legal analysts Terry Canfield, Harry Littman, and others were alarmed by Cannon’s strange legal reasoning.
At every turn since then, she’s given Trump’s lawyers exactly what their client wants: time to burn.
“It just gives him the delay he asked for,” said Peter M. Shen, a legal scholar at New York University School of Law. “She has clear sympathy for Trump’s claim that, as a former president, he deserves great consideration.”
Trump appoints Beck Raymond Deere as special chief in Mar-a-Lago
Trump’s lawyers wanted to put the brakes on the FBI investigation. Cannon prohibited agents from reviewing classified documents.
They wanted to appoint a “special director” for the Department of Justice’s detailed department and review whether any confiscated document could be considered a distinct presidential record or attorney-client communication. Cannon didn’t appoint just one – she chose the semi-retired judge she wanted.
Then, when Raymond Deere turned out to be a meaningless arbiter and wanted to speed up the process — dangerously cornering Trump’s lawyers by telling them to formally explain whether Trump had actually declassified those records — Cannon came up out of nowhere to call him again. other.
“This is how a judge would act…if her motive was simply to help Trump,” Sheen told The Daily Beast.
The Department of Justice has already been somewhat successful in appealing its decisions. The Eleventh Circuit, despite its conservative leanings, regained the ability of the FBI to continue reviewing classified government records taken from Mar-a-Lago. On Wednesday, the Federal Court of Appeals in Atlanta granted the Justice Department’s pleas and agreed to expedite the appeal that could overturn the entire “Special Mr.” ordeal.
Trump went to the shopping judge and paid the price in the Mar-a-Lago case
But as the case works its way through this process, legal scholars worry that Cannon will continue with the detailed oversight of its choice.
“She seems to be getting along really well with the former president,” said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond Law School.
Derry was once Brooklyn’s top federal prosecutor and went on to become a federal judge, including seven years on the coveted and top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, where the Federal Reserve requires judicial approval to conduct some types of spying on aliens. His role in this case could justly move forward, although some legal researchers are beginning to worry about whether he will continue.
“This is someone who has spent 38 years building his formidable reputation. If I had been a judge for 38 years… I wouldn’t want someone to order me,” Tobias said.
But its potential to harm the FBI investigation is far from over. Derry’s role is simply to be an interim referee to take care of the potentially privileged document review process. His decision isn’t even final. Any conclusion he makes will be submitted for approval to Cannon, who is 37 years his junior and a newborn in Columbia when he led the US attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York while the crime rate was on the rise.
Justice Department. He just stripped the Trump-appointed judge in Mar-a-Lago
Tobias emphasized that every day the case remained with Cannon was a step in the wrong direction, noting that she should have done the right thing: she realized that this case was indeed an extension of Mar-a-Lago’s research and returned it to Bruce Reinhart, a justice of the peace who agreed to Inspection order.
“I don’t think it has jurisdiction at all,” Tobias said. “You could have taken that back to the judge. To the extent that this case had any validity, it belonged there — and it doesn’t have this. They shopped the forum for it. It raises all kinds of cases.”
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