What Popehat meant:
I think a lot of people are catastrophising over this issue without adequate cause but I can’t summon the energy to talk people out of it. https://t.co/06PEBLmMyi— MostlyRedactedHat (@Popehat) August 27, 2022
This is true. At every turn Trump has gotten and continues to get legal courtesy and deference that literally no “ordinary” person would get https://t.co/RarqEU6xM1— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) August 27, 2022
I don’t think this amounts to much either way. It’s effectively an indication that the judge wants to hear from DOJ and is going to have a hearing. I assume DOJ will say the search is done, so there’s no search left for a special master to oversee. But we’ll know more soon. pic.twitter.com/8U6l50zqtq— Orin Kerr (@OrinKerr) August 27, 2022
Honestly I think this “out of her way” characterization is just Trump animus. I mean, I get it, but it’s neither reasoned nor informed analysis. Unless, as I say, you see the Court treating Trump like he has no counsel. Which is really quite a brutal slap at his attorneys. It also quickly disposes of this case, which I think the court rather wants.
Judge Cannon is going out of her way to accommodate Trump’s legal team here, and in the end my money is still on her denying relief.— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) August 27, 2022
Katie Phang argues the upshot of the order is a null set. Professor Vladeck thinks there’ll be a review of what might need to be returned to Trump, at best. Either way, the end is the same. And at the other extreme:
By now, the Privilege Review Team (as referenced in the redacted SW affidavit) likely has already reviewed the seized materials.— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) August 28, 2022
To prepare a “detailed inventory” per the court order, all seized materials will have to be catalogued thereby negating need for a Special Master. https://t.co/NMIWktszv5
Yeah, I’m in the Phang/Vladeck camp. This will be a Pyrrhic victory for Trump, at best. And there won’t be any fireworks in the courtroom. I expect the case to be over by the time of the hearing; but I’ll admit I’m venturing out on a limb to say that. Because really, who knows?
New Trump Florida filing opens a wide door for DOJ to walk through: AG Garland can now “speak in its filings” and address all the factual lies and misrepresentations.— Andrew Weissmann 🌻 (@AWeissm ann_) August 22, 2022