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    by Ben Whedon   A panel of three judges for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed the Department of Justice to continue reviewing documents the FBI seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, upending part of an earlier ruling from the district court judge. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon earlier this month enjoined further federal review of the documents and appointed New York Judge Raymond Dearie as special master to independently review them. “[Trump] has not even attempted to show that he has a need to know the information contained in the classified documents,” the panel wrote, according to Politico. “Nor has he established that the current administration has waived that requirement for these documents.” Two of the three appellate judges are Trump appointees, as is Cannon. The panel ruled unanimously. – – – Ben Whedon is the night editor for the Just the News. He came to the company from Breitbart News and is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. Photo “11th Circuit Court of Appeals” by uscourts.gov.         Reprinted with permission from Just the News
    Former president Donald TrumpErin Scott | Reuters Lawyers for Donald Trump urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to reject a Justice Department bid to resume its review of documents marked classified that were seized from the former president's Florida home last month as part of a criminal investigation. The filing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit came hours before attorneys for Trump and the DOJ were set to appear in federal court in Brooklyn to speak with the special master who was appointed to examine the seized records. That independent third party, U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie, was selected last week by Trump appointee Judge Aileen Cannon to review the materials to identify personal records and information that could be protected by various legal privileges. The DOJ opposed the appointment of a special master, arguing in part that it was unnecessary. In authorizing the special master earlier this month, Cannon temporarily stopped the DOJ from reviewing or using the seized material for the investigation. The DOJ appealed, asking the 11th Circuit to block Cannon's ruling. Cannon's...
    (CNN)US District Judge Aileen Cannon on Thursday selected federal senior Judge Raymond Dearie to serve as special master to review the materials seized in the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Florida residence and resort. Cannon also rejected the Justice Department's request to revive its criminal investigation into classified documents seized at Mar-a-Lago. Read the documents below.
    Spencer Platt/Getty Images A Texas woman referring to herself as “Trump’s hitman” was charged after allegedly leaving multiple threatening messages for the judge presiding over a dispute between former President Donald Trump and the Department of Justice over the handling of classified documents. Tiffani Shea Gish was arrested after leaving three messages for Judge Aileen Cannon, NBC reported. The woman referred to herself as Evelyn Salt, a fictional Russian agent portrayed by Angelina Jolie in the 2010 film Salt. The Houston woman also claimed she was in “charge of nuclear” and was “Trump’s hitman,” saying the former president is “marked for assassination and so are you” in the messages. At one point, Gish reportedly mentioned 9/11 too, claiming Trump helped orchestrate the terror attack. “I’m also Trump’s hitman, so consider it a bullet to your head from Donald Trump himself,” Gush allegedly said. Gish claimed she sent a bomb and snipers to the southern Florida judge’s house and mentioned having Cannon shot. The calls were reportedly made on September 1 and a criminal complaint was filed on September 6. Cannon...
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images It’s no surprise that a court case involving a former reality television star ex-president would attract media attention, and the court docket in one of the cases involving the FBI search at former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago now includes multiple unsolicited letters from members of the public offering Judge Aileen Cannon advice and volunteering to serve as special master to review the documents seized during the search. The Southern District of Florida court docket in Trump v. United States of America has already yielded some quality entertainment content, as what I previously dubbed Trump’s “Island of Misfit Toys legal squad” had repeated stumbles figuring out the federal court’s electronic filing system and formatting their motions properly, resulting in the clerk of court sending them instructions to please use the forms on the court’s website. On Aug. 22, Trump’s attorneys filed a motion demanding that the Department of Justice cease their review of the seized documents until a special master (an independent third party) could be appointed to review them for potentially privileged material. The legal arguments...
    Sen. Marco Rubio is defending the Florida-based federal jurist who ruled in favor of Donald Trump's push for a special master to review materials seized from Mar-a-Lago, calling her a 'great judge.' He blasted those going after the Judge Aileen Cannon after the judge, who was confirmed to a lifetime appointment on November 12, 2020, five days after TV networks called the election for Joe Biden and before Trump left office.  The Justice Department on Thursday filed a motion to severely curtail her ruling on what a court-appointed special master would sift through – exempting a trove of classified material seized during the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago August 8. 'Judge Cannon is a great judge who I am very proud to have enthusiastically supported,' Rubio said in a statement to the Washington Post.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is defending Judge Aileen Cannon, who ruled in Donald Trump's favor on a getting a special master 'The attacks against her are just the latest example of hypocrisy from leftists and their media enablers who believe the only time it is acceptable to attack...
    Former President Donald Trump tried -- and failed -- to get his sprawling lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and other assorted political enemies before the same federal judge whose ruling in the Mar-A-Lago documents case has come under intense criticism. The former president sued his first presidential election rival in March, along with the Democratic National Committee, John Podesta, James Comey and many others, accusing them of conspiring to rig the 2016 election against him -- but his attorney chose to filed the case in the same South Florida federal court district where Judge Aileen Cannon sits, reports Politico. Cannon, a Federalist Society member who was appointed by Trump in 2020, is the only judge in the Fort Pierce division, which is more than an hour's drive away from Trump's home in West Palm Beach, which has its own federal court presided over by two judges who were appointed by Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. The lawsuit was assigned to the Clinton-appointed judge Donald Middlebrooks back in West Palm Beach, and his attorneys quickly filed a motion to disqualify him, complaining...
    A federal judge appointed by Donald Trump and confirmed after he lost the 2020 presidential election on Monday granted the former president his request for a “special master,” an independent third party, to review the more than 11,000 documents stolen from the White House and seized by federal agents at Mar-a-Lago on August 8. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a member of the far-right Federalist Society since 2005, not only granted Trump his request, but ordered the U.S. Dept.of Justice to cease, at least for now, its criminal investigation into Trump and the stolen documents, which include more than 100 classified, highly classified, and top secret documents. Last week former federal prosecutor Shan Wu said Judge Cannon “has no business trying to oversee a federal criminal investigation.” READ MORE: Trump Suggests It’s Corruption for DOJ to Not Release Information Regardless of How It Could Influence an Election “Special masters are used in federal courts to assist judges in matters involving some ‘exceptional condition,’ or ‘complex accounting or computation of damages,’ or where a ‘district judge or magistrate judge of the...
    The Trump-appointed federal district judge who on Monday granted the former president his request for a “special master” is facing criticism from many legal experts, among them, George Conway. Conway is the attorney who Donald Trump was considering to be U.S. Solicitor General but asked to have his name withdrawn. He may be best known for successfully arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and obtaining a unanimous 8-0 verdict, being an anti-Trump conservative activist, and being married to former Trump White House Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway. “The opinion is almost impossibly stupid,” Conway tweeted Monday afternoon, referring to Judge Aileen Cannon’s decision for a special master. . READ MORE: Trump Suggests It’s Corruption for DOJ to Not Release Information Regardless of How It Could Influence an Election He pointed to an observation made by attorney Eric Columbus, who served at DOJ, DHS, and as a special counsel in the House and Senate. “Judge Cannon noted 11th circuit precedent,” Columbus wrote, “that an indictment can constitute irreparable injury.” Conway responded, saying, “But if he’s indicted, it...
    (CNN)A federal judge has granted former President Donald Trump's request to appoint a "special master" to review materials that the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago last month.The decision, from Trump-appointed District Judge Aileen Cannon, is a significant victory for the former President.READ: Judges ruling on special master for Mar-a-Lago documents"As a function of Plaintiff's former position as President of the United States, the stigma associated with the subject seizure is in a league of its own," Cannon wrote. "A future indictment, based to any degree on property that ought to be returned, would result in reputational harm of a decidedly different order of magnitude."Cannon ordered that a third-party attorney, from outside the government, be brought in to review the materials that were taken from Trump's home and resort in Florida. It also halts the Justice Department from continuing its review of the materials seized from Mar-a-Lago "pending completion of the special master's review or further Court order."Both sides have until Friday to nominate a special master candidate and their specific duties.Read MoreTrump's lawyers argued that a special master was needed because...
    A federal judge has approved former President Donald Trump’s request for a so-called “special master,” or a a neutral third party, to pore over thousands of classified documents seized from his home last month. US District Judge Aileen Cannon will allow for an independent party to look at materials, some of which Trump said were covered by either executive privilege or attorney/client privilege. Cannon wrote the special master will review “the seized property for personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege.” Trump’s attorneys must work with the DOJ to create a list of possible candidates, which must be submitted by Friday. CNN’s Kara Scannell broke the news Monday just before noon ET. Scannell reported CNN had just obtained documents from the court, and the network was still reviewing them: After hearing out the arguments on Thursday and coming out with this ruling, today on Labor Day, [Cannon] said she’s appointing the master that the former president had requested to review these documents seized a Mar-a-Lago, which we learned about last week. There were...
    On Monday, CBS News' Steven Portnoy reported that Florida District Judge Aileen Cannon ruled in favor of former President Donald Trump, announcing the appointment of a special master "to review the seized property for personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege" — a decision that puts on hold investigators' ability to review the documents. Cannon, an appointee of Trump herself, shot down the Justice Department's claim that the FBI's "taint team" has been sufficient to sort out privileged documents. She also disputed the Justice Department's argument that executive privilege does not apply to a former president against the administration of the current president, saying that this "overstates" the law and the controlling precedent in United States v. Nixon did not settle that issue. "[T]he Court does not find that a temporary special master review under the present circumstances would cause undue delay," Cannon concluded, blocking DOJ investigators from continuing the probe until that review is complete — but also saying that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence can continue...
    The Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Merrick Garland, is righteously fighting back against Trump-appointed jurist Judge Aileen Cannon’s attempted meddling in an active federal criminal investigation. DOJ’s late-night 38-page filing with attachments—including a photo of Top Secret cover sheets recovered during the execution of the search warrant—methodically cut the legs out from under the Trump legal team’s arguments. It also exposes the lack of any sound legal basis for Judge Cannon’s potentially ruling in favor of Trump. On Saturday, Judge Cannon stated her “preliminary intent” was to grant former President Donald Trump’s motion seeking appointment of a special master to review the documents recovered by the FBI and DOJ from the search warrant executed at Trump’s residence at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. Special masters are used in federal courts to assist judges in matters involving some “exceptional condition,” or “complex accounting or computation of damages,” or where a “district judge or magistrate judge of the district” is not available to address the issue. Typically, lawyers or ex-judges with experience in the particular subject matter are appointed,...
    Donald Trump was photographed on July 22, 2022 at a rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images.) A federal district court judge in Florida on Saturday signaled her “preliminary” intent to appoint a special master to review a tranche of material recovered from former President Donald Trump’s home and club in Palm Beach, Florida. An Aug. 8, 2022 FBI search of Trump’s palatial Mar-a-Lago resort resulted in the recovery of boxes of secret and classified documents, according to an inventory filed before a U.S. magistrate judge who signed off on the original probable cause determination for the mission. Trump’s attorneys did not directly fight the warrant in an original proceeding before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart. Rather, they filed a concurrent proceeding, styled as Trump v. United States, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Mon., Aug. 22. That filing did not ask to quash the warrant entirely. Rather, among other things, it asked U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon, a Trump appointee, to appoint a special master to review the voluminous...
    (CNN)A federal judge scheduled a hearing for Thursday to consider former President Donald Trump's request for a "special master" to oversee the FBI's review of evidence seized at Mar-a-Lago. In doing so, the court put the parties on notice that she had a "preliminary intent" to appoint the special master, a third-party attorney who would filter out privileged material seized in the search. Trump re-ups request for special master but glosses over some questions from the judgeAhead of the hearing, the government faces a Tuesday deadline to respond to Trump's request in writing, according to the scheduling order from the court. US District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was nominated to the bench by Trump in 2020, is asking the Department of Justice to file a public response, and additionally file under seal records going into greater detail about what was seized from the search as well as a notice laying out the status of the review of the seized materials, including the process of filtering out privileged information. Trump's reply to DOJ's response is due Wednesday. Read MoreThe hearing will...
    An aerial view of former U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home after Trump said that FBI agents raided it, in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. August 15, 2022.Marco Bello | Reuters A federal judge appointed by former President Donald Trump ordered him Tuesday to answer several key questions about his new lawsuit related to the FBI raid on his Florida home, including why her court should be the one hearing the case and to more precisely explain what he wants her to do. Judge Aileen Cannon also ordered Trump to tell her how his suit affects another pending case involving the same search warrant before a federal magistrate judge in the same court, and whether the Department of Justice has been served with his lawsuit yet. Cannon also wants to know if Trump is seeking any injunctions related to material seized in the raid until the lawsuit is resolved. Cannon's order came a day after Trump filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, asking her to appoint a so-called special master to review documents seized Aug....
    (CNN)A federal judge in Florida has given former President Donald Trump until Friday to refine the legal arguments in his request for a special master to oversee the review of evidence gathered in the Mar-a-Lago search.District Court Judge Aileen Cannon in the Southern District of Florida ordered Trump's lawyers to elaborate on their arguments for why the court has the ability to step in at this time, explain what exactly Trump is asking for and whether the Justice Department has been served with Trump's special master motion.Cannon also asked Trump's team to weigh in on any effect the request might have on a separate review conducted by a magistrate judge into whether any portions of the still-sealed FBI affidavit laying out probable cause for the search can be released.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Lightning-rod attorney Rudy Giuliani's long-anticipated appearance on The Masked Singer has finally aired. Giuliani's appearance on the show was first reported in February when the episode was taped, but it was unclear when -- or whether -- the footage would actually run until he was unveiled in Wednesday night's show. Wearing a 'Jack in the Box' costume, Giuliani revealed himself to the confusion and consternation of the judges, including comedian Ken Jeong, who eventually stormed off stage in protest. The former mayor of New York City, Giuliani in recent years became a highly polarizing figure, serving as Donald Trump's personal attorney and advocating for 'trial by combat' shortly before the US Capitol riot. Lightning-rod attorney Rudy Giuliani's long-anticipated appearance on The Masked Singer has finally aired Comedian Ken Jeong reacted in shock and eventually stormed off stage in protest Rudy Giuliani sings "Bad to the Bone" on Masked Singer as host @kenjeong leaves saying, "I'm done." pic.twitter.com/nPmcTBye4m— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) April 21, 2022 On Wednesday's episode, after Giuliani removed his mask judge Nicole Scherzinger was heard asking: 'Is that Robert...
    By EMILY HORNER of Injustice Watch and CASEY TONER of Better Government Association CHICAGO (AP) — For more than a year, Antwaun McLaren kept a spotless record while serving probation for a cocaine possession conviction, regularly checking in with his Cook County probation officer and passing urine tests to make sure that he remained drug free. But unable to find work, the 23-year-old father of two, including a newborn son, had his cellphone service cut off after falling behind on his bill. When he missed his probation officer’s calls, McLaren found himself back in court, standing before Judge Diane Gordon Cannon in early 2018 for violating probation. McLaren expected to be kept on probation after a brief hearing. He didn’t know that Cannon had a history of being tough on violators. Cannon has sent some 1,450 defendants to state prison for violating probation, about 35% of those who appeared before her on such violations and the most of any judge currently on the Cook County bench, an unprecedented analysis of two decades of court data by The Circuit has found....
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