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Dearie had given Trump a Sept. 30 deadline to attest to what was seized at Mar-a-Lago, but Cannon over-ruled the special master she appointed and said the former president would first have a chance to review the seized documents, which may include 200,000 pages.
That wasn't the only way she delayed the case. She set a new deadline of Oct. 5 to finalize a document review vendor, a step Dearie had hoped would have only taken one or two days.
Legal experts were once again stunned by Judge Cannon.
"Oy," wrote former Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann. "Judge Cannon tinkers badly with (and with typos) Judge Dearie's scheduling order, relieving Trump of obligation to say whether docs were planted, even though she had wanted a clear inventory of what was found."
"She is such a disgrace," Weissmann added.
"It seems being slapped down herself by the 11th circuit didn’t make Judge Cannon any more circumspect," Loyola Law Prof. Jessica Levinson wrote.
National security reporter Marcy Wheeler wrote, "holy hell this woman has no shame."
"Cannon is basically jumping up and down on a scale that her Special Master is supposed to still own," Wheeler said. "It is hilarious, corrupt, shameless, and obvious."
"This is a minor win for Trump’s team, because now they don’t have to essentially disavow their dubious claims that the FBI planted evidence," former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote. "But this doesn’t change the difficult position Trump is in. He still has to take a position regarding every seized document."
Conservative who gave Trump 'a chance' wants to move on after seeing him 'wallow in self-pity' for four years
A columnist whose newspaper in Ohio was one of the few in America to endorse former President Donald Trump in 2016 now says it's time for the GOP to move on in 2024.
Writing in the Washington Post, contributing columnist Gary Abernathy said that he doesn't regret giving Trump "a chance" in the 2016 race because he thought he could provide a much needed shakeup in Washington D.C.
However, he writes that he eventually came to be dismayed by Trump's self-destructive behavior that played right into the hands of his political opponents.
"Instead of ignoring the pettiness and focusing on his agenda, Trump wallowed in self-pity," Abernathy writes. "Instead of trying to expand his base, Trump chose to alienate even more Americans."
The columnist says that all of this was reinforced by Trump's actions after the 2020 election that culminated in the attacks on the United States Capitol building.
"Worst of all, when most Americans finally decided that Trump was never going to rise to the occasion and rejected him at the ballot box in 2020, he refused to accept the verdict, incited a riot at the Capitol and encouraged endless election challenges in state after state," he writes. "Trump had his chance, and he blew it. He should move on, as should his supporters."
'Still promoting that lie': Jamie Raskin says Ginni Thomas remains a true believer in Trump's election claims
WASHINGTON — Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was on Capitol Hill Thursday to speak to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Earlier this year, the committee revealed that Thomas was part of an effort to block the certification of President Joe Biden's 2020 election win. Among other things, Thomas showed up in text messages to Donald Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and pressured Arizona lawmakers to use the power of the legislature to change the state's electoral votes from Joe Biden to Trump.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said that Thomas still firmly believes that the 2020 election was stolen.
Speaking to Raw Story, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said that "Trump and his closest followers speak to you to propound the lie that he won the election and they're still promoting that lie."
Raskin explained that while Thomas's testimony is important to know her piece in the attempt to overthrow the election, she's also just one of many of those who did the same thing.
"Remember we talked to more than 1,000 people the basic elements of this assault on American democracy are well known," Raskin said. "We know all of the different overtures that Trump made to state legislatures, to state election officials, to the vice president to orchestrate a political coup and we also know about the messages he sent out to domestic violent extremist groups and his followers to set the stage for a violent insurrection of the country. So all of that is there and what we're working toward in our final hearing is trying to supplement some of the missing details."
"So, I'm very interested in the private groups, in the self-proclaimed militia groups, and the threat that they pose not just to the U.S. Capitol but to state legislatures, to school boards, to election boards, institutions, and election officials in our country," Raskin continued.
He went on to say that he's concerned about the use of social media to promote conspiracy theories that ultimately lead to violence. QAnon conspiracies have flourished on Trump's personal site Truth Social and there have been two acts of violence from QAnon followers in the past several weeks.
"It can be used to fill their minds with propaganda and coordinate an assault on the U.S. government," Raskin said, in addition to the positive aspects like the Arab Spring. "So, what are we going to do about that?"
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) claimed that calling in Thomas to testify was just another tactic by Democrats to bring down the Supreme Court.
"I don't know what she's got to offer," said Cornyn. "But apparently she volunteered to come tell what — to answer their questions. So, good for her. I've never seen that before. Unfortunately, we've seen pretty much an all-out effort to delegitimize the Supreme Court by Democrats if they make decisions they don't like and I think that's irresponsible and it's led to threats of the lives of the justices themselves and their families, which is reckless. So, I'm concerned about how political it's gotten."
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called the whole Jan. 6 committee a "one-sided political affair and it's coming across as that. We're getting in kind of unusual land here."
Raskin said that there continues to be information coming in and that the fundamental elements have not changed its just more and more evidence that confirms the information they have.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) called Ginni Thomas "part of the web" of the conspiracy and noted that her husband appears to be part too. He went on to call it a conflict of interest that Clarence Thomas voted on a case that involved his wife.
Justice Thomas was the top of mind for Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) too, who said that there are a number of questions that she has about the conversations Thomas was having with his wife. When Raw Story noted that Republicans were miffed by the J6 committee bringing Thomas in for questions, Hirono said simply, "no one is above the law."
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) called Ginni Thomas a "non-factor" but then noted, "she hasn't seen anything yet." When Raw Story asked him what he meant, he said simply, "It's going to be interesting."
The committee has been showing clips of videos of previous interviews when they have public hearings. It's unclear if Ginni Thomas refused to be filmed or taped as part of her interview or if she was happy to be public about her involvement.
Chairman Thompson hasn't released the date for the make-up hearing that was canceled due to Hurricane Ian hitting Florida this week.