Trump probably wishes he could get back the $3 million he paid lawyer Chris Kise after losing again in court in his battle with the Justice Department over the classified documents found illegally at his Mar-a-Lago residence. After a September filing by the DOJ asking the 11 Circuit Court of Appeals to expedite a District Court judge’s special master ruling was granted on Wednesday – despite Trump’s objections – the legal tit-for-tat between the ex-President and the Department of Justice over the classified documents removed from the White House remains heavily in the federal government’s favor.
Citing “time restraints,” the former President’s legal teamed argued against speeding up the review of over 200,000 pages of records.
“’President Trump disagrees with and objects to the government’s distorted and argumentative presentation of facts concerning the unprecedented raid of his home, its conduct in these proceedings, and the procedural history of this case,’ according to the filing,” Bloomberg reported.
Sadly 11th C granted this before DOJ got a chance to tell them that Jim Trusty said he was too busy for an expedited appeal because he was filing a frivolous lawsuit against CNN. https://t.co/64nUcstDHX
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) October 5, 2022
Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon – confirmed just nine days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration – has accommodated nearly every frivolous request by the ex-President – and nearly all of them have been overruled on appeals filed by the DOJ. Legal analysts and experts have criticized Cannon’s willful disregard of her judicial duties. This has been evidenced by the clear bias she’s shown in Trump’s favor, including appointing a special master at the entitled former head of state’s unprecedented request and halting the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into potential violations of the Presidential Records Act and obstruction of justice.
“Paul Rosenzweig, a former homeland security official in the George W. Bush administration and prosecutor in the independent counsel investigation of Bill Clinton, said it was egregious to block the Justice Department from steps like asking witnesses about government files, many marked as classified, that agents had already reviewed,” The New York Times reported.
Hoping to delay the appeal until 2023, Trump’s October 3rd filing in opposition to the DOJ’s request for expediting the proceedings made claims that “President Trump will be prejudiced if this appeal is expedited.”
The 11th Circuit wisely disagreed.
Over 11,000 records were retrieved in the FBI’s August 8th search of the ex-president’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Federal officers executed a legally-obtained search warrant at the Palm Beach residence/resort after Trump repeatedly avoided compliance with the Presidential Records Act.
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Justice Department is moving full steam ahead in its criminal probe, and thanks to the Court of Appeal’s latest decision, the DOJ just got a boost.
H/T Zoe Tillman at Bloomberg.
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