On November 12 2020, after Donald Trump had already been defeated, the Senate was able to ram through the confirmation of 39-year-old Federalist Society hack Aileen Cannon to the District Court of Southern Florida. The political payoff for Trump has been swift:
Never thought I’d have to teach about “executive privilege” as a basis for bringing a claim *against* the executive branch.— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) September 5, 2022
This judge basically did Trump’s lawyers’ work for them, making arguments under the 4-part Richey test which Trump did not brief or argue, making executive privilege arguments that Trump did not press fully in the hearing, and granting an injunction when one wasn’t requested https://t.co/qD0aWUiNys— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) September 5, 2022
I predicted an outcome like this when the case got assigned to Judge Cannon—and was assured that no judge would take Trump’s absurd filing seriously. The problem, of course, is that Cannon is not a real judge, but a Trump judge, and one of the most corrupt of the bunch. https://t.co/Rso8WLmj8u— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) September 5, 2022
Needless to say, this kind of lawlessness, designed to try to run out the clock and make it harder to indict Trump as 2024 gets closer, would mean a lot less were 11CA and the Supreme Court not also controlled by Republican hacks willing to wink at the law to help out Daddy Trump.