It seems Donald Trump is getting away with it… Yet again.
According to maddening new reporting from Reuters this afternoon, Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has handed the scandal-ridden, corrupt former president yet another undeserved and immoral win in the infamous Mar-a-Lago stolen document case lodged against him by the US Department of Justice.
Recently, U.S. Senior Judge Raymond Dearie — who was appointed as the so-called Special Master on the document scandal case thanks to a previous win handed down to Trump by Cannon personally — ordered the ex-president’s legal team to inform him of whether or not they disputed the accuracy of the inventory list of the US government’s property seized from Donald Trump’s Palm Beach compound turned post-White House personal residence. This order from Dearie served as one of many indications that Donald’s hand-picked Special Master that he personally demanded and was subsequently granted by Cannon wasn’t shaping up to actually be in Trump’s pocket, as we’re all sure he had hoped.
But the ray of hope that millions of Americans had over Dearie’s recent moves was short-lived, at best, as Cannon has seemingly made it her mission to do Donald Trump’s bidding at every given opportunity, her own reputation be damned, apparently.
Today, Cannon officially ruled, “former President Donald Trump does not have to provide the court with a sworn statement attesting to whether he believes the list of items seized by the FBI from his Florida estate is accurate and complete,” per the Reuters report.
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Trump has made repeated claims and suggestions that much of the materials seized from his Mar-a-Lego resort were planted there by FBI agents, and not stolen from the White House by him personally in the final waning days of his presidency. Dearie called on Trump’s legal team to commit to and show proof of those claims — something the former president’s lawyers were quick to refuse to comply on.
The Trump legal team filed a complaint with the court following Dearie’s order, claiming that the Special Master’s demand exceeded the scope of Dearie’s authority.
Cannon unsurprisingly sided with the former president, writing in her order:
There shall be no separate requirement on [Trump] at this stage, prior to the review of any of the seized materials, to lodge ex ante final objections to the accuracy of [the government’s] inventory, its descriptions, or its contents.
The court’s appointment order did not contemplate that obligation.”
To say that the American people are left furious and appalled by yet another one of Cannon’s egregious rulings would be a massive understatement:
BREAKING: Judge Cannon rules Trump does not have to comply with deadlines stipulated by the DOJ or the Special Master and does not have to submit a declaration about whether FBI “planted evidence” at MAL. This woman is the biggest disgrace in the history of the federal judiciary.
— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈🇺🇸 (@AmoneyResists) September 29, 2022
Oy- Judge Cannon tinkers badly with (and with typos) Judge Dearie’s scheduling order, relieving Trump of obligation to say whether docs were planted, even though she had wanted a clear inventory of what was found. She is such a disgrace. https://t.co/CSxi4C50I3
— Andrew Weissmann 🌻 (@AWeissmann_) September 29, 2022
Judge Cannon unilaterally rewrites HER OWN deadlines to make sure that her Trumpy doesn’t have to commit until after the election.
Holy hell this woman has no shame. pic.twitter.com/z68m3A2Sz7
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) September 29, 2022
Trump Judge Cannon trying to preserve the white wing talking point without forcing Trump to prove it.
She’s in too deep now. She has to ride Trump all the way and hope he wins and promotes her. https://t.co/eoWFDwJw59
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) September 29, 2022
With every action she takes, Judge Aileen Cannon proves herself to be even more shameless and corrupt. But the DOJ’s investigation of the classified documents continues undeterred. She is simply exposing herself.
— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) September 29, 2022
Dear Judge Cannon,
Just hypothetically speaking…
How much would it cost to buy you back?
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) September 29, 2022
Judge Cannon is at best unqualified and at worst a traitor. She needs to be placed under a microscope for allowing this nation to be put into further harm
Make her irrelevant. Indict Trump.
— flexghost. (@flexghost1) September 29, 2022
Judge Cannon rules simply signify she is unqualified to be a judge. She will be disqualified. She has no power to speak as an authority now. She will be unable to satisfy her position….waiting for her to be seriously busted.
— Mary Brogdon (@MaryMarybrogdon) September 29, 2022
Enough is enough.