Three new defeats have extended the legal losing streak as former President Donald Trump seeks to delay or avoid an investigation into hoarding classified documents and cheating in the 2020 election.
The Justice Department won another major victory on Thursday, days after an appeals court suspended a third-party review of material the FBI took from Trump’s Florida resort, days after the far-right sworn rebel’s conviction. Thursday’s order would allow prosecutors to move more quickly as they investigate possible violations of the Espionage Act and whether Trump or an aide obstructed justice with respect to material negligently stored and material to which Trump is not entitled to access under the law. will give
On Thursday, a federal judge ordered former Trump White House lawyers to give additional grand jury testimony after dismissing Trump’s claims based on attorney clients or executive privilege.
The two attorneys declined to answer specific questions while appearing before a grand jury in the criminal investigation into the US Capitol riot. The case and the issue that focused on the documents Trump took from the White House are now overseen by Special Counsel Jack Smith.
On another legal front threatening Trump, his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, became his latest escort ordered to testify before an Atlanta grand jury. The investigation specifically examines Trump’s 2020 efforts to reverse his losses in a swing state.
Another day of tough court losses for the former president paralleled similar volleys of disappointment over his failed attempts to keep tax returns private that rocked the Trump world in the Mar-a-Lago and Georgia investigations and before Thanksgiving. The Justice Department’s major victory is finally calling into question one of Trump’s lifelong strategies for avoiding responsibility: using the courts to delay or obstruct the case against him in his endless lawsuits.
And in some cases, the rulings of Republican-appointed judges also send the message that Trump’s huge and often blatant claims about executive and lawyer client privileges are an unreliable shield against investigations. Trump’s propensity to appeal all the way to the Supreme Court and the conservative majority he’s built seem ineffective so far after the High Court refused to intervene on Trump’s behalf in several major cases in recent weeks.
What this pattern of futility reveals
Taken together, these patterns of futility reinforce principles that undermine the core of America’s legal and political system. Trump, even as a former president, deserves no more respect than the average citizen by law.
In some ways, the former president has sought the protection he may have had while in office, even though he is no longer commander-in-chief. This belief may also be part of Trump’s motivation for starting his 2024 presidential campaign early. Because he claims he is the victim of political persecution in order to rekindle his base supporters against the Washington establishment.
“Donald Trump’s approach is to delay whenever he’s under investigation for anything, and use the courts as a delay mechanism. It works for him because he’s a former president. We’ve all responded to the question of whether you can prosecute. “It doesn’t work in court,” Himes told CNN’s Alex Marquardt on “The Situation Room.” He almost always loses on court.”
The Justice Department’s success in removing Trump’s legal hurdles to the investigation also added to one of the most fateful questions plaguing modern political campaigning: the former president running for the White House again, the history of inciting violence to achieve anti-democratic ends, the subject of criminal charges. ?
The latest courtroom setback for him comes on Jan. 6, 2021, as the House Special Committee investigating the insurrection prepares to issue a final report that, when judged at the hearing, will paint a devastating picture of Trump’s actions. The panel will meet on Friday to discuss whether to refer the crime, but such action will not compel the Department of Justice to take action, which is pursuing its own investigation.
Court of Appeal strikes Special Master Intervention.
The most significant legal ruling on Thursday overturned a lower court ruling by Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon, who appointed a third-party official known as a “special master” to examine thousands of pages of documents removed from Mar-a-Da. Lago. The bureau found 103 classified documents among them. A trio of judges from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said in their ruling that Cannon should not have intervened in the case and did not meet the criteria for exceptional circumstances worthy of involvement in the Justice Department investigation.