The Dearie hearing was worse than a trainwreck for Trump

Source: Washington Post
by Jennifer Rubin

“For those flabbergasted and dismayed by Judge Aileen M. Cannon’s absurd ruling granting former president Donald Trump a special master’s review of the sensitive documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago, Tuesday’s hearing before the special master himself, Judge Raymond J. Dearie, came as a breath of fresh air — and a reminder that not every judge is an unabashed partisan. It did not take much longer for Dearie to get to the nub of the matter: Because there is apparent evidence in the affidavit for the Mar-a-Lago search warrant that some of the documents are classified, Trump needs to officially challenge that, otherwise, Dearie said, ‘As far as I’m concerned, that’s the end of it.’ (Trump’s lawyers had refused to say whether the former president had declassified any documents.) … Dearie is no foot-dragger or ignoramus. If Trump was counting on either, he has badly miscalculated.” (09/21/22)