Sep 22, 2022
Trump-appointed judge who granted his special master request abused her discretion: federal panel
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U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon, a Donald Trump appointee, has drawn a great deal of criticism from Trump’s detractors for granting his request for a special master in the federal case involving government documents he was storing at his Mar-a-Lago resort/home in Palm Beach, Florida. And on Wednesday night, September 21, some of the criticism of Cannon’s decision came from a three-judge panel that included two other Trump appointees.
According to the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake, “A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit was rather unsparing in unanimously granting the Justice Department a reprieve from Cannon’s order barring them from reviewing documents with classified markings seized from Mar-a-Lago. The stay is temporary, but the reasoning is firm. They repeatedly rejected not just the Trump legal team’s lack of arguments, but also, Cannon’s acceptance of them. Indeed, they suggested it was inexplicable that Cannon ruled for Trump even by her own logic.”
When FBI agents executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, August 8, the items that they were looking for, according to the Washington Post, included classified documents that never should have left Washington, D.C. — among them, classified documents pertaining to nuclear weapons. Hillary Clinton, in response to the case, has noted that when she was secretary of state, such documents were so closely guarded that she was allowed to look at them in the presence of a military officer but not keep them or copy them. Moving classified government documents to private property like Mar-a-Lago, Clinton has emphasized, is a serious violation of security protocols.
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The three-judge panel, according to Blake, accused Cannon of abusing her “discretion.”
The judges wrote, “Here, the district court concluded that (Trump) did not show that the United States acted in callous disregard of his constitutional rights. No party contests the district court’s finding in this regard. The absence of this ‘indispensab(le)’ factor.… is reason enough to conclude that the district court abused its discretion in exercising equitable jurisdiction here.”
Cannon ruled that Trump may have had an interest in some of the documents that FBI agents seized at Mar-a-Lago, but the three-judge panel disagreed.
The judges wrote, “But none of those concerns apply to the roughly one-hundred classified documents at issue here…. And the district court made no mention in its analysis of this factor as to why or how Plaintiff might have an individual interest in or need for the classified documents.”
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The three judges also wrote, “Plaintiff has not even attempted to show that he has a need to know the information contained in the classified documents. Nor has he established that the current administration has waived that requirement for these documents. And even if he had, that, in and of itself, would not explain why Plaintiff has an individual interest in the classified documents.”
The judges also took issue with Trump’s claim that the documents he was storing at Mar-a-Lago were “declassified” before he moved them to Mar-a-Lago.
“Plaintiff suggests that he may have declassified these documents when he was President,” the three judges wrote. “But the record contains no evidence that any of these records were declassified. And before the special master, Plaintiff resisted providing any evidence that he had declassified any of these documents.”
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Trump rally officials appear to shut down QAnon finger salutes in video
During former President Donald Trump's rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Friday, officials appeared to stop rallygoers who were making one-finger salutes believed to be a nod to QAnon.
Footage showed men donning T-shirts with the phrase “security” directing attendees to stop making the salute while Trump addressed the jovial crowd. Trump's team was adamant that the officials were not security, but rather “guest management” tasked with overseeing the raucous crowd, according to a reporter.
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"Trump rally staff told me the folks in the olive shirts and black pants were not security, but ‘guest management’,” PBS NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins tweeted. “In my defense, it was an easy assumption — shirts said ‘security.' But I was told it was as part the name of their company ‘Colorado Security Agency.'"
Addition: Trump rally staff told me the folks in the olive shirts and black pants were not security, but “guest management”.
In my defense, it was an easy assumption - shirts said “security”. But I was told it was as part the name of their company “Colorado Security Agency”.
Last weekend, during a rally Trump held in Youngstown, Ohio, some rallygoers began raising their index fingers and pointing to Trump, in what some observers speculated was a nod to the QAnon conspiracy.
QAnon is a conspiracy theory contending that Trump is waging a secret campaign against an evil cabal of elites who secretly run the country and participate in satanic child-eating practices and pedophilia.
One man who raised his finger during the Wilmington rally Friday explained to Desjardins that the finger salute was a nod to "WWG1WGA," an acronym for “Where We Go One, We Go All," which is a QAnon phrase. He was also dismayed that his constitutional rights had been infringed upon by the "guest management" team.
Desjardins noted that there were fewer instances of the QAnon salute during the Wilmington rally than the Youngstown rally and surmised it was a result of the "guest management."
And this happened again - though less widespread. pic.twitter.com/GxHEv1NRZ5— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) September 24, 2022
When the crowd holds up their fingers again at the Trump rally tonight to give the QAnon sign, security moves through them and has them put it down. pic.twitter.com/FQVJVrJ1FX— Ron Filipkowski ???????? (@RonFilipkowski) September 24, 2022
Trump was in Wilmington Friday to stump for a slew of candidates in North Carolina, such as Senate candidate Ted Budd.
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Over recent weeks, the former president has shared some content on his Truth Social platform laced with QAnon phrases and monograms. This includes a recent video that included a slew of memes with Trump's face behind a superimposed "Q" monogram.
His old 2016 rival Hillary Clinton recently jabbed at the QAnon raise during his Ohio rally last week, likening the act of the one-finger salute to the rise of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany.More from Examiner
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