A week ago, a federal judge issued a bizarre, incoherent, unenforceable, and brazenly corrupt ruling in favor of Donald Trump’s request for a special master. This week the DOJ fired back with a motion that cleverly reframed the probe in such a manner that made it almost impossible for the judge to stick to her guns.
Now the judge is asking both sides to weigh in on a partial stay of her own ruling, which would allow the DOJ to move forward in the way that it needs to, without having to take the time to appeal her ruling to a higher court and get it struck down.
One legal expert appeared on MSNBC and characterized the judge’s move as a “white flag” of surrender, as the judge tries to get out from under her own bizarre ruling. Another legal expert on the same panel pointed out that if Trump wants to contest this partial stay, he’ll have to claim in court that he had a standing order to declassify all documents – something that could come back to bite him later:
ICYMI- late last night, Judge Aileen Cannon responded to the DOJ motion. She’s trying to take the off-ramp they provided her. This is something 👀 pic.twitter.com/wGZA8vDMC1
— Christopher Webb (@cwebbonline) September 9, 2022
The bottom line is that the DOJ seems to have found a way to quickly corner the rogue judge and Donald Trump with the same filing – and the judge appears to be looking for a way to get herself out of this mess. Whether Trump has the sense to accept the partial stay, or whether he stupidly doubles down with a response that would make it even easier for the DOJ to convict him in the end, remains to be seen.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report