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It weighs in at 240 pages but legal experts are still mocking Donald Trump’s emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an 11th Circuit Court ruling and allow the special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents retrieved from him Mar-a-Lago home.
“Oddest SCOTUS petition. Very technical and not terribly logical,” observed Andrew Weissmann, an NYU School of Law law professor and former DOJ official who served as the General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as special counsel to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller.
The motion was addressed to Justice Clarence Thomas, who oversees the 11th Circuit courts. His wife, Ginni Thomas, is an avowed supporter of Trump and his “Big Lie” claims he won the 2020 election.
“SCOTUS should send him packing,” tweets former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now an MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst. “No surprise here, this was why he paid former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise $3 million to sign on, no one else on his team could handle this.”
“Just watch SCOTUS turn Trump down 9-0. (Or 8-1 if Thomas dissents . . . ),” writes retired Harvard professor of law Laurence Tribe. “Will The Donald start calling ‘his’ three justices traitors? Will he say they have a ‘death wish’ as he did with McConnell?”
Weissmann took another hit at Trump’s Lawsuit, declaring it “nutty.”
“Trump argument to SCOTUS: 11th circuit had power to stay Cannon decision BUT it [could] not take the classified docs away from SM Dearie review. Nutty and if he won Dearie wd just say he won’t review the docs bc they are not Trump’s.”
University of Texas School of Law professor of law Steve Vladeck says that while the lawsuit is “not *entirely* laughable,” but he thinks “it’s both (1) doomed to fail; and (2) unlikely to accomplish much even if it succeeds.”
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says, “I would not be surprised if the Supreme Court decides not to hear it.”
GOP strategist unsurprised by Walker abortion scandal: 'He’s a wealthy football player spreading his seed'
On Tuesday, POLITICO reported that strategists working for Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker were aware for months of an allegation that he paid for a woman he impregnated to have an abortion — but simply hoped that the rumors could go uncommented on and unconfirmed in public until at least after the election.
One strategist put it bluntly in an anonymous statement to reporters: “It’s not that we knew about this specific case, but he’s a wealthy, famous football player who is obviously spreading his seed.”
This comes after Monday night's bombshell report from The Daily Beast detailing the scandal, with the woman coming forward with her receipt from the abortion clinic, and a $700 check and "Get Well" card both bearing Walker's signature.
"It was brought to the attention of those working on Walker’s behalf, in part as a means of discouraging him from running. His team downplayed the potential disruption it would cause. But, according to one of those people, they did not outright deny it," reported Meridith McGraw, Natalie Allison, and Sam Stein. "'It was, ‘Eh, it’s not going to come out, you’re being hyperbolic,’' said one top Georgia GOP operative, granted anonymity to discuss private conversations. 'The reaction was not, ‘They’re not going to say that because it never happened.’ It was like everything else, ‘Eh, people aren’t going to find out.’'
This is in stark contrast to Walker's public reaction to the story, which he called a "lie" before vowing to sue the Daily Beast. Shortly after the story broke, Walker's son Christian — a young right-wing activist who had previously served as one of his campaign surrogates — publicly accused his father of lying and detailed allegations that he had abused and threatened to murder his family.
Walker, who has the continued backing of both former President Donald Trump and the national Republican fundraising groups, is set to face off against Democratic Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock in November. The race will advance to a runoff if neither candidate gets more than 50 percent.
'Literally don't understand what that means': Pete Buttigieg buries MTG's nonsensical attack on electric cars
Fox News personality Neil Cavuto read a quote from Greene at a Michigan Trump rally where she also called for imprisoning her political enemies.
Cavuto quoted Greene as saying, "Mr. Buttigieg is trying to emasculate the way we drive" by supporting electric vehicles.
"What did you think of her wording?" Cavuto asked Buttigieg.
"I literally don't understand what that means," Buttigieg replied.
"I mean, my sense of manhood is not connected whether my vehicle is fueled by gasoline or whether it's fueled by electricity," he explained.
Cavuto asked if Buttigieg was "offended" by Greene's comments.
"Because even people who share her politics didn't share that view," the Fox host said.
"It was a strange thing to say," Buttigieg replied. "To be honest, there are other members of Congress that I pay more attention to when I'm think about opinions that really matter."
Watch the video below.
\u201cTransportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg responds to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) saying he is trying to "emasculate the way we drive":\n\n"I literally don't even understand what that means. My sense of manhood is not connected to whether my vehicle is fueled by ... electricity."\u201d— The Recount (@The Recount) 1664915284