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Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Special Master Gambit Comes To A Sad Little Conclusion


Ten days after the appellate court issue a harsh judgment say federal judge who intervention above Donald TrumpThe appointment of a special owner in the Mar-a-Lago case of classified documents does not have the authority to do so, the former president’s attempt to thwart the Department’s criminal investigation. Justice is over. On Monday, that judge, Aileen Cannon, official lay off Trump’s lawsuit challenges finding Mar-a-Lago in August, leading to special employer appointment Raymond Dearie and temporarily block prosecutors from using classified documents seized during an FBI search as part of their investigation. In a one-page order, Cannon wrote that she dropped the lawsuit due to “lack of authority.” Like CNN NoteThe move “now gives the Department of Justice full access to tens of thousands of records and other items found among documents marked as classified at Trump’s beach club and private office.” .”

The appeals court’s ruling, delivered earlier this month, was seen as a clear victory for the Justice Department and a clear defeat for both Trump and Cannon. The opinion, made by a panel of three judges made up of conservatives—two of whom were appointed by none other than Trump—Cannon was furious, calling her installation the “special master” especially a “dramatic and unwarranted” intervention she did not make. As a legal journalist Chris Geidner put it, “I would never leave the house again if a jury of companions had done this to me in opinion.” Perhaps this is a sign of how thoroughly the appeals court has condemned Cannon and made it clear that Trump does not deserve the treatment she has given him, the former president. no appeal decision to the Supreme Court, which he has the option to exercise.

In the past, Cannon has delivered significant legal victories for Trump, first when she prevented the DOJ from using classified documents the FBI seized in their investigation of the former president, and the third time. the second is when she told the former president. – his president not obeying a special master’s orders.

Last month, Attorney General Merrick’s Wreath appoint a special advisor, Jack Smith, oversaw both the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into Trump’s decision to bring classified documents to Mar-a-Lago, as well as key aspects of the investigation into the January 6 attack on the Capitol. . Based on CNN, Smith “is moving fast” on those investigations and “has made a series of high-profile moves since his appointment last month, including asking a federal judge to disparage Trump.” for failing to comply with a subpoena ordering you to turn over the file marked classified.” (On Friday, a federal judge declined to do so.) The newspaper also reported that while some in Trumpworld view Smith’s appointment as a positive development for Trump’s liberties. , others worry that he’s been branded as an “assassin” and potentially prosecutes the former president.

On Wednesday, washington articles report that Trump’s lawyers discovered “at least two” [additional] items were marked as classified after an outside team hired by Trump searched a storage unit in West Palm Beach, Fla., used by the former president.” (The unit is also said to contain boxes of “wrestling suits, swords and belts,” among other things.) For his part, Trump spent months. declare all confidential documents in his possession have been returned to the government, which is clearly not true.

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