Judge Cannon Helps Trump Enablers Pretend ‘Everything Is Fine’: Mary Trump

Mary Trump, the niece and outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, said Saturday that the recently appointed special master in her uncle’s legal case is only helping his supporters pretend things are fine.

Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist and published author, appeared on the Saturday edition of Slate’s Legal Podcast, amicus, along with legal analyst Norm Ornstein. At the urging of host Dahlia Lithwick as to why her uncle isn’t in jail yet, she began discussing Judge Aileen Cannon’s recent decision to allow Trump to appoint a special master on a case involving his possession of top-secret government documents.

“We see in this recent ruling by this hacker from Judge Aileen Cannon that by delaying what should have happened, she is giving Donald’s supporters and supporters space to pretend everything is fine,” Mary Trump said. “If [Trump’s legal troubles] was that bad, nobody could have made that decision. Obviously he must have some right to these documents.”

On Monday, Cannon, a district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, ruled that Trump could appoint a special foreman to review the top-secret documents he took from the White House to Mar-a-Lago to determine whether they should be protected by attorney-client privilege or board-level privilege. Cannon’s decision also temporarily barred the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using the documents seized at the resort in August in its investigation into the former president’s handling of the highly sensitive materials pending the results of the master’s special audit.

Mary Trump Special Master Comments
Above, Donald Trump at a White House event in 2017. Mary Trump said Saturday that Judge Aileen Cannon’s special decision will only help her uncle’s supporters “pretend” things are going well for the former president would walk.
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Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing regarding the documents, including saying that all classified documents he took with him had been declassified.

Cannon’s decision was widely criticized by the legal community, with one legal analyst calling it “lawless” and without precedent. Laurence Tribe, professor emeritus of constitutional law at Harvard University, said the ruling left the DOJ in an “indefensible position” to either appeal the judge’s “clearly wrong decision and endure the unknown delay that OR just trying to rush through the Spec Master process.”

Cannon was appointed to court by Trump and confirmed by the Senate in 2020. Since 2005 she has also been a member of the influential conservative legal organization Federalist Society.

“It keeps happening,” added Mary Trump, saying how her uncle consistently shirks legal accountability. “If it were that bad, something would have happened, wouldn’t it?”

news week has reached out to Trump’s office for comment.

During a Friday appearance on MSNBC, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner echoed Mary Trump’s views, arguing in frustration that the many investigations into Trump’s alleged misdeeds had managed to divert attention and take pressure off the former president.

“Coming from a former career prosecutor, this may sound surprising, sometimes I want to scream, ‘Enough with the new investigation,'” Kirschner said. “I mean, yes, we need to investigate all of Donald Trump’s crimes, but this new investigation… will that distract us from investigating his theft of classified documents?”

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