Judge Denies DOJ’s Motion for Stay, Hands Trump Huge Win over Merrick Garland

Judge Aileen Cannon has denied the motion from the Department of Justice (DOJ) for a partial stay in the case linked to the FBI’s raid on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

In a huge win for the 45th president, Judge Cannon has appointed Raymond Dearie as special master.

“The Court is not persuaded that the Government will suffer an irreparable injury without the requested stay,” the judge wrote.

“With respect to the temporary enjoinment on criminal investigative use, the Government’s main argument is that such use is ‘inextricably intertwined’ with its Security Assessments and therefore the enjoinment at issue necessarily poses a risk to national security interests.

“Lastly, the Court agrees with the Government that ‘the public is best served by evenhanded adherence to established principles of civil and criminal procedure,’ regardless of the personal identity of the parties involved.”

Cannon also asserted the importance of having the seized documents reviewed by a special master before being handed to the DOJ.

“And the Court remains firmly of the view that appointment of a special master to conduct a review of the seized materials, accompanied by a temporary injunction to avoid unwarranted use and disclosure of potentially privileged and/or personal materials, is fully consonant with the foregoing principles and with the need to ensure at least the appearance of fairness and integrity under unprecedented circumstances,” Cannon added.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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