Following news that U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon of Florida’s Southern District granted former President Donald Trump’s request to have an independent special master appointed to review the documents the FBI seized, liberal media figures have been in an uproar.
For liberal media, Cannon’s decision to put the Department of Justice’s investigation into the seized documents on hold until a special master had reviewed them is most alarming.
Several prominent liberal media figures claimed Cannon was being partial, giving Trump “special treatment,” and argued the decision was a “big loss for accountability.”
Dan Rather, a former CBS anchor, was among the first to tweet his questions about Cannon’s decision to appoint a special master to save the President that appointed her.
“A Trump judge delivers for Trump in a big way. Delays now could lead to further chaos and mischief on his part. A big win for Trump. A big loss for accountability. News organizations should dive deep into what Trump did to politicize the federal judiciary,” Rather tweeted.
Later in the day, he made a follow-up tweet, stating: “I’m curious, how prominently is the fact that this judge who did Trump’s bidding was appointed by him – that she’s a Trump judge – mentioned in the press? Please share examples. And how prominently is it being discussed among legal scholars?” Rather tweeted.
Whether Cannon was making up legal rules for Trump or the former President being above the law was raised by MSNBC columnist Joyce Alene.
Alene tweeted: “Is it only Trump who can have a judge enjoin a criminal investigation into his conduct following execution of a judicially authorized search warrant? Either Judge Cannon thinks Trump is above the law or she’s created a new rule to benefit criminal defendants.”
Peter Stzrok, disgraced FBI agent, accused Trump of “venue shopping,” saying the former President purposefully filed in Cannon’s district to get special treatment from the Judge.
Stzrok tweeted: “This isn’t the first time Trump has gone venue shopping for Judge Cannon. He did it because he expected favorable treatment, and he got it.”