Even as the DOJ was asking the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to take the classified documents away from the purview of Special Master Raymond Dearie last month, Dearie was busy ripping Donald Trump’s arguments to pieces. Then the Court of Appeals ruled in the DOJ’s favor, leaving the Special Master in place solely to mop up the mess of unclassified evidence. Now history is on the verge of repeating.
The DOJ has now asked the Court of Appeals to wipe away the remainder of rogue Judge Aileen Cannon’s original ruling and eliminate the Special Master position completely. It seems a given that the Court of Appeals will once again side with the DOJ. In the meantime, Special Master Dearie is using his limited remaining time on the job to further rip Trump to pieces.
Dearie said on Tuesday that Trump has essentially presented no argument at all, adding – and he really said this – “Where’s the beef?” It’s becoming abundantly clear that Dearie doesn’t think this case should have a Special Master, and is just sticking it to Trump until the Court of Appeals pulls the plug. At that point we expect that Dearie, a respected judge who’s been dragged into this farce, will be relieved to go back to his day job.
The Supreme Court just finished unanimously refusing to even take up Trump’s case. So if the Court of Appeals rules against him again this week, there’s no reason to expect that Trump will fare any better this time if he appeals to the Supreme Court again. The bottom line: Trump didn’t get much out of this stunt. He only stopped the DOJ from being able to work with the classified documents for sixteen days. The remaining Special Master stunt isn’t helping him at all, and is about to be over. And Trump has now burned the only judge, Cannon, that he appears to have under his thumb.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report