After a Trump-appointed and obviously compromised federal judge granted Donald Trump’s request to appoint a special master to oversee the sorting of seized evidence that had already been sorted, the DOJ tried to give an offramp. It asked her to simply excuse the classified evidence from the imaginary sorting process, so the DOJ could be on its way with its case against Trump. If the judge had taken the DOJ up on its offer, the scrutiny would be off her, and she might have saved her career.
Instead the judge issued yet another gibberish ruling today in Trump’s favor. This won’t actually help Trump in any meaningful way. It’s not even much of a stall tactic. The appeals court will swiftly and decisively overturn this nonsense, and then the DOJ will be on its way with its Trump case. This judge knows this too. It’s just that whatever Trump has on her, it must be enough to have pushed her into making this incredibly stupid and pointless move today.
There’s about to be a lot of doomsday hysteria about the fact that Trump also appointed some of the judges on the appeals court. But, simply put, that’s not how anything works. Trump-appointed judges have been in place for six years now, and yet there has been no history at all of these judges issuing legally invalid rulings in Trump’s favor. This one rogue judge has proven to be the lone exception, not the rule. There is no basis whatsoever for believing that the appeals court will rule in Trump’s favor because he appointed some of the judges on it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report