Court turmoil reveals Judge Mar-a-Lago’s latest legal absurdity in Trump case


Photo illustration: Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast

Photo illustration: Erin O’Flynn/The Daily Beast

First, she was an FBI special agent confidential document they recovered Originally from Mar-a-Lago.then she appointed The special judge that former President Donald Trump wanted to delay an investigation into the mishandling of classified documents.

But now it’s revealed that U.S. District Judge Eileen Cannon already knew that the Justice Department was ready to return a ton of personal records to Mr. Trump. document.

The “medical records” she feared the federal government would leak to the press — what she called the former president a “risk of irreversible injury” — were actually Trump himself in 2016. It was a doctor’s memo I made public when I ran for the White House. publicity stunt.

According to court records, the federal government was about to return an addendum to a notorious and eye-opening case. letter that The Manhattan doctor quickly typed “If elected, Trump will be the healthiest person ever elected president.”

Those details were made public when the court unsuccessfully posted them on Tuesday night. Sealed DOJ filing In public minutes quickly captured bloomberg Reporter Zoe Tillman.

Judge Cannon’s latest Mar-a-Lago ruling bench-slapped

The Aug. 30 letter to the judge, marked “sealed,” shows the very cautious way the DOJ handled the raid on Mar-a-Lago earlier that month. The FBI had a “privilege review team” of agents and lawyers conduct an initial sweep, sorting through the evidence and setting aside anything that could taint the former president’s eventual indictment.

In the letter, DOJ attorneys representing its “pollution team” said three weeks after goods were seized at a Florida beachfront estate, the team was preparing to return 43 items unrelated to the investigation. I explained that it was done.Confidential settlement with the Professional Golfers’ Association over claims from his attorney Arena Hubba.

This revelation further reveals how far Cannon went to appease the president who gave her a lifetime appointment to the federal courts. only be done. Cannon is squarely on Trump’s side.

Trump’s attorney, who has done judge shopping for her in the past, appears to have done it again when he filed this lawsuit to freeze the FBI investigation. Avoiding the South Florida magistrate who was overseeing the matter, Trump’s lawyers Case Unrelated to other pending lawsuits, diverting this to another judge and ending with Cannon.

At the initial court hearing, Cannon showed a deep distrust of the Justice Department and journalists.She said the FBI investigation Trump mishandled ‘secret’ records It was somehow different from the federal damage assessment as to whether national secrets were at risk. I struggled with reasoning.

Since then, she’s been giving Trump’s attorneys what their clients want most.

“She’s just giving him the delay he asked for,” said Peter M. Shane, a legal scholar at New York University Law School. “She, as a former president, clearly sympathizes with Trump’s claims that he deserves special consideration.”

President Trump’s Raymond Deary Named Special Agent in Mar-a-Lago Case

Trump’s lawyers wanted to put the brakes on the FBI investigation.Cannon barred agents from reviewing classified documents.

They wanted to appoint a “special master” to micromanage the Justice Department to see if the seized documents could be considered privileged records of the president or communications between attorneys and clients. rice field. Canon didn’t just appoint one.

then when Raymond Deary turned out to be a no-nonsense arbitrator I wanted to speed up this process, but I was dangerously cornered by telling Trump’s lawyers to explain formally. Whether Trump Was Actually Declassified These records — Cannon swooped in out of nowhere and called him back.

“This is how a judge behaves…if her motive was simply to serve Trump,” Shane told the Daily Beast.

DOJ has had some success in appealing her decision. Despite its conservative tendencies, the 11th Circuit has restored the ability to continue investigating classified government records the FBI obtained from Mar-a-Lago. And on Wednesday, a federal appeals court in Atlanta granted the Justice Department’s plea, agreeing to expedite an appeal that could quash the entire “special master” ordeal.

Trump went judge shopping and was rewarded in the Mar-a-Lago case

But while the lawsuit goes through that process, legal scholars worry that Cannon will continue to micromanage the micromanagers she chooses.

“She seems to work very well with the former president,” said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond Law School.

Dearie was once the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn and turned federal judge. This includes his seven-year stint with the coveted super-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Spy on foreigners. His role in this case could hold a fair step forward.

“This is someone who spent 38 years building his tremendous reputation. If I was a judge for 38 years… I wouldn’t want to be ordered by someone who is Trump’s pawn,” Tobias said.

But her potential harm to the FBI investigation isn’t over yet. Dearie’s role is only to be a temporary reviewer to guide the document review process that may be privileged. His decision is not final. Any conclusions he draws will be submitted for approval to then-Columbia fledgling Cannon, who is 37 years his junior and headed the federal attorney’s office in the East New York District, where crime rates are soaring.

Justice Department gutted Trump-appointed judge in Mar-a-Lago case

Tobias stressed that every day the case remained in Cannon was a step in the wrong direction, pointing out that she should have done the right thing: the case was already an extension of the Mar-a-Lago search. Recognizing that there was, I returned it to Bruce.Approved magistrate reinhardt search warrant.

“I don’t think she had jurisdiction,” Tobias said. “She could have kicked this back at the magistrate. As far as this case has any validity, it belonged there—rather than having this. I shopped on the forums to put it in. It causes all sorts of problems.”

See The Daily Beast for more information.

Get the Daily Beast’s biggest scoops and scandals delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up now.

Stay informed and get unlimited access to the Daily Beast’s unparalleled reports. Subscribe now.