Even as we keep hearing doomsday hysteria about how Donald Trump has somehow “gotten away with it all” simply because one lowest-level federal judge improperly appointed a special master in the DOJ’s criminal probe over the classified documents he stole, in reality the Court of Appeals has the power to fully overrule anything the rogue judge has done.
Sure enough, after the DOJ filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals, it announced today – in the middle of the weekend – that Trump must respond to the DOJ’s appeal by this Tuesday. Given that the Court of Appeals is jumping in on a Saturday, and giving Trump the briefest window possible to file his response, it’s already looking like the appeals court isn’t interested in helping Trump stall the DOJ’s case against him.
There’s still a lot of doomsday hysteria out there about how the Court of Appeals will supposedly rule in Trump’s favor because he appointed a number of the judges who are on it. But that’s not how things work. In the six years since Trump began appointing federal judges, none of them ever issued gibberish rulings in his favor until this one rogue judge did so. There is no reason to expect that other Trump-appointed judges will behave in the same manner as this one rogue judge, because no Trump-appointed judges ever have. In any case, we’re now moving quickly.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report