If FBI agents found a hundred classified documents in my basement last month, I’d be in federal custody by now. You would be too, if you had taken documents home from the White House instead of sending them to the National Archives where they should be catalogued and safely stored. But a federal judge has ruled that former president Trump should be treated differently from you and me, under the law. Attorney General Merrick Garland explained just last week that “the Rule of Law means we “treat each of us alike.” Trump should receive special consideration, and his reputation should be protected, Judge Cannon ruled. Reputation? This is our “Stormy Daniels,” “grab ‘em by the p___y ,” “I could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue” president. Can his reputation really be sullied further?

Our faith in the independent judiciary was again (the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturning Roe is opposed by 61% of citizens) eroded last week when Judge Cannon, appointed by Trump just days before he left office, ruled that the thousands of pages of documents belonging to the American people should be reviewed by a Special Master who will determine if any are protected by “privilege.” How could Trump have privilege when he has no right to possess the documents in the first place? Over 100 documents are marked “Classified”—Secret, Top Secret, etc.—these documents should be held in protected storage, not in Trump’s desk at his beach resort in Florida. 

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