Legal experts expressed their contempt and disgust when they called Judge Cannon’s ruling for Trump appalling.
Here’s George Conway on CNN:
Conway: This statement is absolutely a disgrace. And I don’t think it will take much to topple it. Barr told The New York Times that Trump’s lawyers’ original motion was a fallacy
shit, a mess. This opinion is worse than that.. pic.twitter.com/Y9eHVrQTZ6
— Acyn (@Acyn) September 16, 2022
Conway said:This statement is absolutely a disgrace. And I don’t think it will take much to topple it. Bill Barr told The New York Times that the original motion from Trump’s lawyers was a pot of sh*t, a pot of sh*t. This opinion is worse than that.”
Barbara McQuade pointed out that Cannon rejected the idea that classified documents are actually classified, “Instead, she rejected that argument completely. And I even said something that I found really disturbing, which is the fact that these documents have classified marks doesn’t mean they’re classified. She also rejected an uncontested affidavit filed with the FBI’s director of counterintelligence. There is no evidence to the contrary to suggest that what he is saying is incorrect when he says that the criminal investigation is inextricably linked to the national security assessment.”
Video from McQuade:
Barbara McQuade and Melissa Murray say the only bright spot in Judge Cannon’s ruling for Trump is that she met the DOJ’s TBEN and told the special master to review the classified documents first so the Trump investigation can continue. pic.twitter.com/es6pTwFPLV
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticianSarah) September 16, 2022
Glenn Kirschner tweeted:
Judge Cannon just proved how dangerous Trump/McConnell’s downgrade of the federal judiciary is. She even said that she does not accept that the documents with secret markings are secret documents. Trump echoes: “a lot of people say they’re NOT classified.”
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) September 16, 2022
Joyce Vance tweeted:
Judge Cannon appoints a special captain and refuses to lift the ban that prohibits the DOJ from using classified documents to advance the criminal investigation, which also hinders the intelligence community’s assessment of the damage Trump has done. Next, 11th Circuit for Appeal. Terrible statement. pic.twitter.com/F8l5jYdgjq
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 15, 2022
The consensus among legal experts is strong that Judge Cannon’s ruling was terrible or worse. The ruling should be quashed on appeal, but it goes to the 11th Circuit where the majority of the judges were appointed by Trump.
As the nation has seen for years, many Trump-appointed judges have no qualms about ruling against the former president, so it may not matter that he appointed them, but what Judge Cannon has done is the author of one of the worst verdicts in recent US judicial history.
Mr Easley is the editor in chief. He is also a White House Press Pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduation work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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