The Appeals court grants the DOJ request for a stay on the Cannon court faulty rulings.
The 3 Judge panel agreed with the DOJ — 2 of which were Trump-appointed Judges. And while they were at it, they demolished Team Trump lawyers’ rationale, and those of their Federal mascot-enabler ...
CNN, Sept 21, 2022
Wednesday night, the appeals court panel called Trump's legal team out.
"Plaintiff suggests that he may have declassified these documents when he was President," the court wrote. "But the record contains no evidence that any of these records were declassified. And before the special master, Plaintiff resisted providing any evidence that he had declassified any of these documents."
The appeals court included an extensive takedown of the logic US District Judge Aileen Cannon put forward for ordering the special master review and for denying the DOJ's request that the classified documents be exempted from it.
The panel dissected the rationale Cannon had presented to justify her intervention, saying she had put forward an "untenable" approach for letting an intelligence community assessment of the documents continue while the criminal probe into them was on pause. The government had "sufficiently explained how and why its national security review is inextricably intertwined with its criminal investigation" -- a claim that Cannon had dismissed.
"The records' classification markings establish that they are government records and that responsible officials previously determined that their unauthorized disclosure would cause damage -- including 'exceptionally grave damage' -- to the Nation's security," the prosecutors had told the 11th Circuit in a Tuesday night filing.
It was a good day for the Rule of Law today.
Chalk one up for the good-guys. You know us average citizens, who actually take those laws seriously. Who try to live our lives within those lines, otherwise known as decency and fair play.