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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Former President Donald Trump wants the government to split the cost of a special master, but the Department of Justice thinks he should foot the bill. Trump's team proposed "to split evenly the professional fees and expenses of the Special Master and any professionals, support staff, and expert consultants engaged at the Master's request."



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What a clown.

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-09-10 01:04 PM | Reply

Commentary on the appointment of the Special master...

Everything Wrong With Judge Cannon's Ruling

...The Justice Department has now filed a notice of appeal and a motion to partially stay U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon's Monday opinion granting former President Trump's request for a special master to review material seized at Mar-a-Lago and enjoining the use of the material the FBI took in the meantime for investigative purposes.

Judge Cannon has been taking a bit of a beating all week for her decision. The criticism, some of it vituperative, has contained a lot of falsehoods and a considerable dollop of conspiracy theorizing, and it has often ascribed partisan motive for the ruling.

All of which might under normal circumstances tempt our contrarian hearts to try to defend the opinion.

But Cannon's opinion actually defies defense. It is an epic mess, one that manages to do violence to a remarkable number of distinct areas of law in an admirable economy of only 24 pages. ...

What follows is a brief summary of the four major errors in Cannon's opinion.

Error #1: The court has no jurisdiction over this matter.

Judge Cannon describes her jurisdiction in the case as rooted both in the court's "equitable jurisdiction" and in Rule 41(g) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The court's jurisdictional assertion is a bit odd given Trump's statement that he has "not yet filed a Rule 41(g) motion, and the standard for relief under that rule is not relevant to the issue of whether the Court should appoint a Special Master."...

[emphasis mine]

The commentary goes on to opine about a total of four errors...

As usual with, imo, worth a read.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-10 01:50 PM | Reply

It is the Trump team that demanded a special master. So the bill to pay for this rests with Trump, not the taxpayer.

#3 | Posted by BBQ at 2022-09-10 09:22 PM | Reply

My first question...

Why does fmr Pres Trump think that taxpayers should pay for his legal problems?

I've got other questions, but let's just go with that one for now.

What is his justification?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-10 09:24 PM | Reply

Why does fmr Pres Trump think that taxpayers should pay for his legal problems?

Because he knows someone has to pay for it and he knows it's not going to be him. He's probably blowing all his DupesFundMe cash on trying to fix his plane.

Jarvanka has probably vacuumed up any other viable equity the "family" had left.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-09-10 09:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4


"Why does fmr Pres Trump think that taxpayers should pay for his legal problems?"

Why? It's because what Trump's overblown sense of entitlement has learned to expect, with some justification I might add.

The RNC has been paying his legal freight for years, both in office and as a private citizen. They just recently paid out $1.6 million and that's just to settle the claims of lawyers he has stiffed over the years. Trump's non-payment of his own legal bills is a running joke.

The taxpayers and the RNC has created a monster. That's why.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-09-11 03:33 AM | Reply

I hope he ends up broke and alone. Then after that he should be tried for treason.

#7 | Posted by RJSquirrel at 2022-09-11 05:19 AM | Reply

Wait. I thought Der Dotard was really rich. The guy doesn't seem to pay his bills now, or tries to gyp those to whom he owes money. Imagine a world where Trump has to explain to his judge why he hasn't paid folk he asked for ...

#8 | Posted by catdog at 2022-09-11 08:39 AM | Reply

Typical republic0wns wanting the tax-payers paying for what they don't need.

#9 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2022-09-11 09:24 AM | Reply

What I don't understand is how a person (private citizen Trump) who is in possession of stolen property (top secret government documents) has any standing whatsoever to demand anything.

Or, for that matter, how he would be irreparably damaged if he doesn't get his way.

IMO, he's already been irreparably damaged for years.


#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-09-11 11:21 AM | Reply

Let his MAGGOT supporters pay his bills. They are so easily duped anyway. That so-called judge that ruled in his favor for the "Special Counsel" is a MAGGOT and needs to go.

#11 | Posted by Wildman62 at 2022-09-11 02:44 PM | Reply

What I don't understand is how a person (private citizen Trump) who is in possession of stolen property (top secret government documents) has any standing whatsoever to demand anything.

He doesn't.

And very few judges would even entertain his -------- "motion."

Cannon is one of them.

#12 | Posted by JOE at 2022-09-11 03:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Can't he do a fundraiser?

#13 | Posted by Jaspar at 2022-09-11 07:45 PM | Reply

Can't he do a fundraiser?

Does he do anything else?

#14 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-09-11 08:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I've lost count. Nobody will notice another GoFundMe for free dumb.

#15 | Posted by Jaspar at 2022-09-11 09:05 PM | Reply

As a taxpayer I want him jailed and billed for expenses incurred by jailing him.

#16 | Posted by RJSquirrel at 2022-09-12 04:21 AM | Reply


"Can't he do a fundraiser?"

He could, or have somebody else do it for him.

But that wouldn't serve his purpose. He's trying to make it appear that he is holding all the cards and the DOJ is acquiescing to him.

It's just one of Trump delaying tactics while he scrambles for a way to dig himself out the hole he's in. It's standard m.o. for Trump.

Incidentally, as a professional courtesy, the DOJ is throwing Judge Cannon a life preserver but I don't think she's figured it out yet.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-09-12 06:24 AM | Reply

Do you get the feeling there's just a whole lot of stuff Judge Cannon hasn't figured out? She's only 41 - have a long life, etc. - but, absent a superseding extraordinary move on her part, the first paragraph of her obituary has already been written. And it ain't gonna be purrty, casting her as a ludicrously toadying Trumpist who made a fool of herself right out of the box.

#18 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-09-12 07:22 AM | Reply

This sounds like a bad Dr. Who plot.

#19 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-09-12 10:30 AM | Reply


I get the feeling that after only a couple years on the bench, she is a very foolish person to think she, with no expertise on the subject matter, could take on the whole Department of Justice.

She is so outclassed it's pathetic.

#20 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-09-12 04:14 PM | Reply

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