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dontmeantobepoliticalbut · 18 hours ago
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Judge Aileen Cannon on Thursday overruled the special master she appointed to review thousands of documents seized from Mar-a-Lago, shielding former President Donald Trump from addressing his claims that documents may have been "planted" or "declassified" in court.
Cannon, a Trump appointee in southern Florida, issued an order extending the timeline of the review after Trump's lawyers objected to the expedited schedule laid out by special master Raymond Dearie, who was chosen from a list proposed by Trump's lawyers. Under the new order, the review and any surrounding issues around Dearie's rulings "will almost certainly" stretch into next year, according to Politico.
Cannon, who has served on the bench for less than two years, also overruled Dearie, a Reagan appointee who has served for 36 years, on his requirement that Trump assert whether the FBI's inventory of seized items is accurate, effectively challenging his public claim that agents may have "planted" evidence.
"There shall be no separate requirement on Plaintiff at this stage, prior to the review of any of the Seized Materials, to lodge ex ante final objections to the accuracy of Defendant's Inventory, its descriptions, or its contents. The Court's Appointment Order did not contemplate that obligation," Cannon wrote.
She wrote that if any issues rise during the review "that require reconsideration of the Inventory or the need to object to its contents, the parties shall make those matters known to the Special Master for appropriate resolution and recommendation to this Court."
Cannon also rejected other parts of Dearie's plan for the review, giving Trump's lawyers additional weeks to assert whether they believe any documents are covered by attorney-client privilege or executive privilege.
"If Judge Cannon was going to continue calling every ball in Trump's favor, I'm not at all sure why she felt the need to appoint a special master to review the documents the government seized from Mar-a-Lago," tweeted Joyce Vance, a former U.S. attorney. "No real surprises here. The name of the game is delay. Judge Cannon countermanded Judge Dearie's streamlined schedule & helped Trump advance his usual delay game in litigation. That means it could be late December before DOJ can use documents it recovered from Mar-a-Lago."
Cannon previously came under criticism for repeatedly siding with Trump in the case. Cannon's initial order barred the Justice Department from continuing its criminal investigation into the documents and ordered documents marked classified to be included in the special master review and shared with Trump's lawyers. A federal appeals court overturned those rulings, arguing that she had abused her discretion and that Trump "not even attempted to show that he has a need to know the information contained in the classified documents."
Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe said that Cannon's order on Thursday was "clearly wrong."
"But she's a sideshow now that the Court of Appeals has lifted her injunction with respect to the classified documents," he tweeted. "On the eve of her stupidly extended deadline, DOJ should indict Trump and render her delays and game playing moot."
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said the order was a "minor win" for Trump.
"But this doesn't change the difficult position Trump is in," he added. "He still has to take a position regarding every seized document."
Some legal experts criticized Cannon for repeatedly intervening on Trump's behalf.
"She's an embarrassment to the federal judiciary," wrote conservative attorney George Conway.
"Cannon's latest order has neither law nor reason on its side," tweeted former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman. "Judges never micromanage special masters this way," he said.
Former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who served on special counsel Bob Mueller's team, said that the order was "one more piece of evidence that she is completely unfit to serve on the bench."
"What does Donald Trump have on Judge Cannon or her husband?" Weissmann wrote. "Something is SO off in her decisions (and the court of appeals said as much) that it is impossible not to ask this question in all seriousness."
Read Cannon's full order below:
Cannon overrules Dearie by Igor Derysh on Scribd
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dontmean2bepoliticalbut · 23 hours ago
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xeniawarriorprincesa · a month ago
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Get Fucked
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not-safe-for-democracy · a month ago
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donald-trump-official · a month ago
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Trump: your honor, I am here today to request a 3rd party to go through all the stuff the FBI illegally and unceremoniously stole from me
Judge: and what kind of stuff are we talking about here?
Trump: the documents I took from the White House
Judge:
Trump:
Judge:
Trump:
Judge: you do know everything you say can and will be used against you, right?
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mysharona1987 · 2 months ago
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dontmeantobepoliticalbut · 21 hours ago
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Digital World Acquisition Corp., the blank-check company looking to take Trump Media and Technology Group public, has changed its listed address to a UPS Store in Miami.
The change from a Miami office building to a UPS address came with DWAC's regulatory filing on Friday disclosing that some investors pulled out tens of millions of dollars.
The company said it had lost $138.5 million of the $1 billion in financing from private investors in public equity, also known as PIPE, to fund Trump Media after the merger. The contractual obligation for those investors to contribute to former President Donald Trump's media company after the deal had expired last Tuesday, allowing them to pull their funding.
One of the former private investors told CNBC that it pulled financing from DWAC because of the many legal obstacles facing the company. The investor, who declined to be named due to the sensitive nature of the matter, was also underwhelmed by the popularity of Trump Media's Truth Social app as measured by Donald Trump's follower counts.
Trump had more than 80 million followers on Twitter. On Truth Social, which he founded after he was banned from Twitter following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection, he has 4.1 million. The app is also currently barred from the Google Play store.
Representatives from DWAC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
After DWAC failed to garner enough shareholder support to extend its deal deadline earlier this month, CEO Patrick Orlando contributed $2.8 million from his company Arc Global Investments II to push back the deadline to December.
The merger delay comes as Trump Media and DWAC are the subject of a Securities and Exchange Commission probe into whether alleged discussions between the two companies prior to the merger violated securities laws.
Trump himself is also the subject of multiple investigations, including civil allegations of fraud from New York's attorney general, as well as criminal investigations relating to the removal of sensitive documents from the White House, his involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and attempts to influence the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
DWAC's address change was first reported by the Financial Times.
Shares of DWAC were trading around $17 after hours Monday, down significantly from their $97 peak in March of this year.
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thebibliosphere · a month ago
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The meme of Cas from Supernatural tearfully admitting he loves Dean before being dragged to super hell.
The meme is subverted by a smiling image of Dean dressed as an FBI agent announcing that Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home is being raided by the FBI. /end ID.
Posting this separate from the other post to continue the tradition of finding things out via SPN memes.
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drbtinglecannon · a month ago
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Between Alex Jones getting perjury'd to oblivion and the FBI raiding Trump's Mar-o-lago home, August is proving to be entertaining as fuck
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donald-trump-official · a month ago
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August, so far:
- The entire contents of Alex Jones’s phone are accidentally turned over to a lawyer representing parents from Sandy Hook
- He learns about it while on the witness stand
- The jury orders him to pay $50 million in damages
- Alex Jones’s phone end up in the hands of the J6 committee
- the J6 committee secured the testimony from numerous members of Donald Trump’s cabinet
- Donald Trump was deposed in the NYAG’s civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization
- he plead the 5th 400+ times
- the Trump Organization’s Chief Financial Officer lost a lawsuit intended to dismiss the criminal charges levied against him and the Trump Org
- the Trump Org’s CFO will plead guilty
- Rep. Scott Perry had his phone seized by the FBI, presumably for his involvement in the fake electors scheme
- Pat Cippolone, the former White House counsel, testified to a federal grand jury
- Rudy Giuliani received a letter from the Fulton County DA’s office letting him know he is a target of their criminal investigation
- the FBI executed a search warrant on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort
- the warrant revealed the former president is under criminal investigation for violating the espionage act
- the warrant also revealed the former president had highly classified documents at Mar-a-Lago
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mysharona1987 · 2 months ago
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dontmeantobepoliticalbut · 22 hours ago
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CBS News' John Dickerson asked New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who has become the chronicler-in-chief of the Donald Trump era, "How long has Donald Trump been in your head, or you in his?"
"At least 11 years for this level of intensity," she replied.
"And what's it like to have Donald Trump in your head, or be a part of his thinking, for 11 years?"
"I had one of his old friends say to me, 'He doesn't wear well over time.' And I think that the collective we have experienced that at various points."
Haberman has been covering Trump since the late 1990s, as a metro reporter for the New York tabloids. In 2016 alone she had 599 bylines or co-bylines in The Times – more than one a day – and that pace has slowed only slightly in the years since.
Now, she's written a book about him: "Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America" (published Tuesday by Penguin Press).
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Dickerson asked, "I want to read from something you wrote: 'To fully reckon with Donald Trump, the presidency and his political future, people need to know where he comes from.' What do you mean, where he comes from?"
"New York in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, was a very, very unique setting," Haberman said, "because of this combination of dysfunctional and sometimes corrupt forces that touched on media, that touched on City Hall, that touched on the political party system in the various boroughs, that touched on how real estate projects got done, and which touched on racial tribalism, John, and that is a big piece of what he took from his life in New York."
The current incarnation of that racial tribalism shows up in some of Haberman's scoops about Trump's presidential years. Like other books of the Trump era, "Confidence Man" has gotten attention for new revelations: Trump considered firing his son-in-law, and engaged in casual transphobia. But Haberman's larger goal is to put the scoops in the book, and her Times coverage, in an archeological framework, to chart a 50-year, steady, unchangeable DNA.
She said, "Donald Trump is generally the same, depending on the context. And he tended to treat the White House as if he was still in a real estate office dealing with local county leaders, as if it was still 1980."
"What are the elements in the Donald Trump playbook that he's had his whole life?" asked Dickerson.
"He has a handful of moves that he has used forever. And people tend to impute a ton of strategy to what he's doing. But really, there are these moves. And it's the quick lie, it's the backbiting with one aide versus another, it is the assigning blame to someone else. All of this, again, is about creating a sense of drama, a sense of chaos, and often, John, about keeping the responsibility off him."
Haberman's reporting has irritated and embarrassed Trump. Yet, he agreed to sit down with her three times this past summer.
Dickerson asked, "Were you surprised he talked to you for your book?"
"No; he talked to everybody for their books," she replied. "It's an almost reflexive need to sell himself."
"He said at one point to somebody else, but with you in his presence, [that] you were like his psychiatrist?"
"He treats everyone like they're his psychiatrist. This is not a specific-to-me thing. This is what he does. He works everything out in real time with everyone."
Haberman offers new detail about Trump's refusal to accept defeat in 2020, quoting sources who heard Trump say, "We're never leaving."
Dickerson asked, "Donald Trump's reluctance to leave office, was that part of that playbook that developed so many years ago, or is that something new?"
"It was both," she said. "It was part of the theme of him believing that everything was always going to work out with him, because it always had. Whether it was his father helping navigate systems for him or helping him financially, or elected officials lining up for him, he always believed things would work out. And after November 3, 2020, it became clearer with each passing day that that was not going to happen, and he did not know how to handle it."
When he did leave the White House, he wasn't empty-handed, as FBI agents found in that search of his Florida home.
"When Donald Trump referred to things in the White House as his possessions, there was a long history of him doing that," Dickerson said. "Do you then think that that's why he took those classified documents?"
"I do, actually. I think it's also possible he took them for another reason, and we don't know what that is. He sees everything in terms of leverage, whether he can have an edge over someone else. He definitely likes trophies."
Trump is facing legal peril in multiple jurisdictions: A fraud suit in New York; election interference charges in Georgia; the January 6th riot investigation; and then those documents from Mar-a-Lago, where he's mostly holed up these days.
Dickerson asked, "You write that when you saw him after he left the White House, that he seemed shrunken?"
"In one of the interviews, he had very visibly lost weight, and so that was certainly physically shrunken, but he just seemed diminished," said Haberman. "And one of the things that I discovered as I was talking to people through the course of the last year is that he became this almost Charles Foster Kane-like figure who was sort of roaming around his club and existing in his own world and having to be reminded of when holidays were, someone totally out of the rhythms of normal daily life."
"What's your view of whether he'll run again?"
"With the caveat that I don't know and that I could be proven wrong, I think he's backed himself into a corner where he has to run," said Haberman. "I think that he needs the protections that running for President (he thinks) would afford him in combating investigations that he calls a 'witch hunt.' And it is the way that he fundraises and makes money. So much of his identity now is about being a politician. So, I expect that he will run. That doesn't mean that even if he declares a candidacy, that he will stay in the whole time."
Whether he runs or not, Trump has left his mark on the GOP, whose national party labeled the January 6th riots "legitimate discourse," and where a third of the Republican candidates running for election in 2022 have adopted his lie that the 2020 election was stolen.
"Has he essentially transferred the skills of the New York real estate world, as strange as that is, into a political party?" asked Dickerson.
"He has transferred how he views the New York real estate industry into the Republican Party," Haberman replied, "and not just the New York real estate industry, but the New York political system. We've seen it in ways that are overt with the Republican Party in terms of comments that get made at rallies, and we have seen it in subtler ways in terms of how candidates deal with journalists or how they engage with basic facts sets."
"Not everyone has reacted in some form of emulation to Donald Trump, but most of them have."
Haberman writes that Trump told her how much easier his life would have been if he'd never run for President. And he looked back not on what he'd accomplished, but on what the presidency had meant for Donald Trump.
Dickerson said, "When Donald Trump asked himself in your presence 'If I had to do it all over again,' what did he say?"
"What he said was the answer is yes," Haberman replied, "because the way he looks at it is, he has so many rich friends and nobody knows who they are. And it was very evident that he saw the presidency as the ultimate vehicle to fame."
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macleod · 3 months ago
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"'I don't fucking care that they have weapons. They're not here to hurt me. Take the fucking mags away. Let my people in. They can march to the Capitol from here. Let the people in. Take the fucking mags away." — Donald J. Trump, January 6 2021.
He knew they had weapons, he knew they were going to the Capitol, he knew that they were going for violence. He planned, instigated, and promoted the Capitol riot. He is complicit in his failed coup attempt.
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bananafosters · a month ago
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smashing-yng-man · 3 months ago
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donald-trump-official · a month ago
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No matter how bad you think it is, it’s actually worse
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Earlier today, the FBI released a detailed list of things they seized at Mar a Lago. In the list, it says they found 49 EMPTY folders marked “classified” in Donald Trump’s personal office.
My guess is, those folders were not empty when they left the White House.
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