U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon Denies Department of Justice a partial staying limiting access to documents pertaining to Trump investigation.
Elections matter, and the Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon is a shining example of the imminent danger to democracy of stacking the courts with judges loyal to the disgraced ex-dictator.
Trump’s attorneys sought out Cannon’s court to appeal to the Department of Justice (D.O.J.) seizure of taking hundreds of top secret classified documents to his private resident Mar-A-Lago. Trump’s attorneys asked for an injunction to prevent having the documents seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I) from being used in the ongoing investigation against the former ex-President and appoint a Special Master.
“The Court does not find it appropriate to accept the Government’s conclusions on these important and disputed issues without further review by a neutral third party in an expedited and orderly fashion,” she wrote.
The Special Master would be a neutral third party to review the top secret classified documents and determine what is admissible in the D.O.J.’s investigation. To the surprise of the legal community, Cannon granted the request of Trump’s legal team, effectively denying the D.O.J access to any of the seized documents.
The D.O.J filed their appeal in Judge Cannon’s court to revise her ruling to access the top secret documents while it appealed the rest of the order in the ninth circuit. Again, to the surprise of the intelligence and legal community, Judge Cannon doubled down on her previous ruling as she could not find any imminent threat posed by the disgraced President’s illegal removal of documents from the White House.
“There has been no actual suggestion by the Government of any identifiable emergency or imminent disclosure of classified information arising from Plaintiff’s allegedly unlawful retention of the seized property.
“To the extent that the Security Assessments truly are, in fact, inextricable from criminal investigative use of the seized materials, the Court makes clear that the September 5 Order does not enjoin the Government from taking actions necessary for the Security Assessments.” Cannon wrote.
It is not only a clear and present danger to the corroding U.S justice system that Cannon’s decision not to restore the D.O.J.’s access to classified documents, but it underscores why elections matter.