When it seemed Donald Trump's legal troubles couldn't get worse, today's news is devastating: The New York attorney general has filed a brutal case accusing Trump of systemic fraud. -@MaddowBlog https://t.co/uaQ2Wt03pX— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 22, 2022
"I would say, this is an extraordinarily bad week for the former President." - @Alyssafarah speaks with @jaketapper and @PreetBharara about the new business fraud lawsuit the New York state attorney general filed against former President Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/Kn8YvgFE1d— CNN (@CNN) September 21, 2022
Former President Donald Trump, his adult children and his company are accused of padding his net worth by billions of dollars by lying about the value of prized assets.— The Associated Press (@AP) September 21, 2022
Here’s how the alleged scheme is described in a lawsuit. https://t.co/IdKYoOwD2T
It’s a good day for accountability & the rule of law. First, NY AG James brings a suit against the Trumps for rampant fraud, then the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals REVERSES Judge Canon’s ruling, let’s DOJ resume its criminal investigating into classified docs Trump stole. pic.twitter.com/6DTJqvvNwJ— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) September 21, 2022
Context: Earlier this summer Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate was searched. In August, his lawyers filed in federal court saying some of the documents recovered by the government during the search involved materials that could be considered privileged under client/attorney status. Federal Judge Cannon appointed a special master in the case to review the documents. You can read more about why Judge Cannon's ruling was out of pocket, here
Judge Cannon also ruled the government could not review the documents recovered from the Trump search until the special master concluded their review. The Department of Justice appealed Judge Cannon's decision.
The Special Master that ended up being appointed by Judge Cannon was someone proposed by Trump's team who is a former FISA judge appointed by Ronald Reagan. The Special Master, the government, and team Trump all met on Tuesday and the special master made it pretty clear he's not here for Trump's bullshit:
Special Master to Trump lawyers: “If the government gives me prima facia evidence that they are classified documents, and you don’t advance any claim of declassification, I’m left with a prima facia case of classified documents, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s the end of it,”— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) September 20, 2022
BREAKING: Judge Dearie makes clear he is taking government’s position that the classified Mar-a-Lago documents are in fact classified.— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) September 20, 2022
“What business is it of the court? … As far as I’m concerned that’s the end of it.”
Trump’s insistence on a special master is NOT going well.
Circuit court rules on the Department of Justice's appeal to Judge Cannon's decision:
THREAD :: 11TH CIRCUIT GRANTS DOJ REQUEST TO ALLOW THEM TO USE CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND PREVENTS THE SPECIAL MASTER AND DONALD’S LAWYERS FROM ACCESSING THEM. 1/ pic.twitter.com/oGEhyF6KgL— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) September 22, 2022
There's a new order from Judge Cannon implementing the 11th Circuit's order.— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) September 22, 2022
The ~100 documents bearing classified markings have been removed from the Special Master's review process, allowing DOJ to resume using them in its criminal investigation.
Will Trump appeal to SCOTUS? pic.twitter.com/7B8CLrQBLH
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