4 key points from Judge Cannon’s latest controversial Trump decision

4 Key Points From Judge Cannon’s Latest Controversial Trump Decision - Xmpp7Jbvkmi63Igwifjjtp7L2U

For the second time in two weeks, a federal judge nominated to the bench by President Donald Trump has issued a ruling in Trump’s favor that has flabbergasted many legal experts.

U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon on Thursday night rejected the Justice Department’s request to allow it to review the documents seized from Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago that were marked classified. Cannon previously ruled that a special master review all the seized documents, at least temporarily delaying the government’s criminal probe.

The DOJ had asked to be allowed to review only the documents marked classified and for the special master’s review to exclude them. But Cannon rejected that while appointing a special master that both sides had assented to, Raymond J. Dearie.

Cannon’s original order was widely criticized as being overly deferential to Trump and his claims and for seemingly giving him preferential treatment. And there’s more grist for that mill in the latest order.

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This article was written by Aaron Blake and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com