It should have been possible to see what was coming, when Donald Trump’s team of highly unqualified attorneys managed to submit Trump’s complaint incorrectly, and the judge gave them a do-over. Then the complaint came in, missing everything necessary, and the judge sent instructions on exactly what she wanted to see. And now the Trump-appointed judge has broken with all legal precedent, and written wholly new law in the process, all to give Donald Trump exactly what he wanted: a special master.
Judge Aileen Cannon didn’t stop at saying she intends to appoint a special master, she insists that the federal government provide a more detailed list of the documents taken—a list to be shared with Trump. Only she seems to have missed even more steps in the process than Trump’s attorneys did, like even sending the suit to the supposed “defendant,” or giving any reason why her court can intervene in any way.
How any of this would work, and how anyone would appoint a special master to review documents classified at the highest possible level … seems not just impossible, but ridiculous. But then, this is entirely new legal ground … the kind that should only exist in The Twilight Zone.