FBI storms Mar a Lago

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I love how you assume everybody else is like you.
Just because you love to avoid taking the meds your shrink prescribed, get drunk, abuse drugs, sniff glue, and suck cocks does not mean any of the rest of us who post here are doing as you so love to do.
The fact is, most of us, unlike you, don’t have court ordered counseling. We are not required to go to AA meetings. We do not have to update registration with the local authorities when we move to a new home.
Once again, I have written at a level which is beyond your 2nd grade reading comprehension and I have hurt your feelings.
That is unfortunate, but, as I had no control over your participation in the freely offered public education system, you failed miserably with no fault but your own.
 
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Ex Machina

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My response to bluecrab
He is now my fourth ignore so maybe he can’t see this

I love how you assume everybody else is like you.
Just because you love to avoid taking the meds your shrink prescribed, get drunk, abuse drugs, sniff glue, and suck cocks does not mean any of the rest of us who post here are doing as you so love to do.
The fact is, most of us, unlike you, don’t have court ordered counseling. We are not required to go to AA meetings. We do not have to update registration with the local authorities when we move to a new home.
Once again, I have written at a level which is beyond your 2nd grade reading comprehension and I have hurt your feelings.
That is unfortunate, but, as I had no control over your participation in the freely offered public education system, you failed miserably with no fault but your own.
Preaching from the side pulpit again
 

hobie1616

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Cannon has already shown why there is reason to shudder whenever we hear the words “Trump-appointed judge.”

The Trump-appointed judge delivers the goods for her patron

If you still had doubts that Donald Trump’s relentless court-packing poses profound challenges to the legitimacy of the judiciary, U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon’s ruling in favor of the man who appointed her should resolve them.

No one is above the law, we once comforted ourselves. Even if Trump could not be indicted while he was president because of a (questionable) Justice Department policy, he would certainly face full accountability after he left office. He would be treated just like everyone else.

Nope, said Cannon. Trump is still special. He has rights no one else has because he is an ex-president. She said so right out. “Based on the nature of this action,” Cannon wrote, “the principles of equity require the Court to consider the specific context at issue, and that consideration is inherently impacted by the position formerly held by Plaintiff.”

Meaning that, even if no other American would enjoy the right to have a special master examine secret and top secret documents that any of the rest of us would likely be indicted for possessing, Trump is “inherently” above us. This is a ruling tailored for one man, which is not supposed to happen in a free society.

Making matters worse, the judge said she had no way of assessing the government’s well-grounded claims that some of the documents in question “are classified government records,” even though Trump presented no evidence refuting them.

Trump’s assertions that, like a high priest, he magically declassified everything with a virtual wave of his hand are for talk shows, not a legal proceeding. Trump, in any event, should not have possessed documents that are the government’s property, not his.

The Justice Department could not let Cannon’s nonsense stand. It filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Friday night arguing that the judge “fundamentally erred” in her decision, but focusing on only about 100 documents “bearing classification markings.” The department asked that they be kept out of the special master process (and away from Trump’s lawyers) so the FBI could continue its criminal investigation and “identify and mitigate potential national security risks.”

From her first ruling earlier this month, Cannon’s judgments have been described by respected outsiders with words such as “unprecedented,” “untenable,” “radical,” “oblivious,” “deeply problematic” and “stupid.” And also “wrong” and “deeply flawed.” Those last two characterizations came fromTrump’s former attorney general, William P. Barr, whose own efforts to protect the president could lead to congressional scrutiny.

Cannon’s legal antics come at an awkward time for those — led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. — who scold anyone questioning the judiciary’s legitimacy in the wake of the unparalleled efforts by Trump, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) when he was majority leader, and the conservative Federalist Society to stuff the courts with conservatives.

Roberts said earlier this month that “simply because people disagree with an opinion is not a basis for criticizing the legitimacy of the court.” Perhaps true in a vacuum, the statement is suffused with a faux innocence about how the current right-tilting Supreme Court majority — and similar majorities on many circuit courts — were created.

If McConnell and his allies had really cared about judicial legitimacy, they would not have denied Merrick Garland of even a hearing when President Barack Obama named him to the Supreme Court more than seven months before the 2016 election. (It’s either irony or tragedy that a Justice Department now lead by Attorney General Garland is battling Cannon’s Trumpfication of the law.)

Nor would conservatives have turned around four years later and rushed Justice Amy Coney Barrett through the Senate just eight days before Trump lost the 2020 election. You can’t engage in nakedly aggressive power politics and then insist: “Nothing happening here, it’s all on the level, move on.”

Not for nothing did Justice Elena Kagan point to the “problem” caused “when courts become extensions of the political process” during a visit to Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law last Wednesday. She was talking about court decisions, but her words apply as well to the process that produced a 6-3 conservative Supreme Court advantage — and judges such as Cannon.

Let’s stipulate: There’s always politics in a system involving presidential appointments and Senate confirmation. What we have not seen before is what Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) calls “The Scheme,” the title of his forthcoming bookon how dark money conjoined with Senate and presidential actions to transform the judiciary. The legitimacy crisis Roberts mourns was triggered by the success of a relentless political struggle for judicial supremacy.

Maybe the 11th Circuit — even some in its majority named by Trump — will decide that Cannon’s ruling is too much of an embarrassment. Maybe Raymond Dearie, the special master she appointed, will save the day, allowing her to retreat. But Cannon has already shown why there is reason to shudder whenever we hear the words “Trump-appointed judge.”
 

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I'm hoping TFG watched QE2's funeral and is dying for one of his own. The appropriate vehicle to transport his coffin.

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veni vidi vici

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Democrats are counting on
“Can’t unring the bell”
 

bridhb

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Still not understanding why Trump isn't in jail for lying to the FBI about the Mara Lago souvenir storage issue. Get his ass behind bars on the simple stuff while getting down to the serious stuff. Trump's ass in jail might motivate him and his compromised minion to realize this is serious shit and spill their guts to protect their own interest. Right now, everyone higher than the "tourist" that visited their congress on Jan 6, seem to be immune from any justice.
 

hobie1616

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Judge Aileen Cannon’s two rulings in the Mar-a-Lago affair offer a master class in illustrating how a young and ideologically-driven judge can badly bungle important issues of law and public policy and distort the proper role of courts in protecting state secrets and supervising criminal investigations. The Justice Department, wisely, is appealing.

The catalogue of errors and abuses is too long for a single column, so we touch only on the low points.

It is important to note that Judge Cannon received her appointment when she barely passed the American Bar Association’s minimum length of experience following law school graduation to be considered even minimally “qualified” for the federal bench.

The sad story of her management of the controversy over the 11,000 government documents that Trump unlawfully spirited away to his beachfront club began at the threshold of her courthouse. Immediately after Trump’s lawyers filed what should have been a desperately unsuccessful plea to hamstring the government’s recovery and examination of its documents, including highly classified state secrets, she announced that she was “inclined” to grant the request and appoint a special master and to put the criminal investigation on hold.

She expressed that view, even though the request was unprecedented, and she had not bothered to wait to hear from the government before she announced her “inclination.”
 




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