Whenever Donald Trump doesn’t get his way or if someone comes after him, he heads to court. As we have seen, he’s not even very good at it, as he loses more than he wins. In most cases, he does it to delay, and as Newsweek reported, that’s all he’s doing in the case of the DOJ seizure of records.
Newsweek reported on Trump’s motion, which was filed a few days ago. This obviously was not a motion to stop the DOJ from seizing the records, as that ship has already sailed. To show the nonsensical nature that is Donald Trump, the motion demands that the “DOJ stop reviewing documents pending the appointment of a ‘special master.'” This is pure nonsense. The DOJ has likely reviewed those documents several times in the two weeks they have had them. Trump claims in his motion that the raid of his home was “overly broad, illegal, and shockingly aggressive” and claims that it “caused distress to most Americans.” First, “most Americans” do not support Donald Trump; most loathe him. Still others are glad to see something finally be done about this grifter. Second, the search was not “overly broad.” The FBI knew exactly what it was looking for and went right to the place where the records were stored. This wasn’t some sort of “fishing expedition;” it was a very organized, well-planned operation.
The motion claims that Trump had been treated “unfairly” and “differently than any other citizen.” Come on. If any of us had done half the things Trump has done, we would be under the jail by now. He has enjoyed deference because of his position as a former “president,” which made him untouchable. There is absolutely nothing “unfair” about the FBI seizing documents relating to national security that had no business in Trump’s possession in the first place. This motion is merely another “smoke and mirrors” game run by one of the biggest conmen in modern history.
Newsweek spoke with Dave Aronberg, a Florida prosecutor, about the issue. He confirmed that Trump’s motion is merely a delaying tactic that he said will “ultimately fail.” Aronberg agrees that the documents have already been viewed, so Trump’s motion can be likened to closing the barn door after the horse got out. Aronberg also pointed out that Trump’s team waited to file their motion, confirming that it is nothing more than a delay tactic. Aronberg does not believe the motion will be granted, and he said this shows “what happens when you have trouble finding experienced criminal defense lawyers.” It’s hard to hire good people when you have a reputation of non-payment. Chiming in on the frivolity of Trump’s motion, Laurence Tribe called it “very strange,” but what he said next is telling: “One of the amazing things that I agree with … President Trump-he still calls himself President Trump-should not be treated differently from any other citizen. Finally, he gets that right. … He is sort of asking AG Merrick Garland to prosecute him.” Let’s hope Garland is listening and that we will finally see Donald Trump decked out in the new black.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years