Appeals court overturns special master review of records found at Trump's Mar-a-Lago
A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the order creating a special master to review 11,000 documents seized at Mar-a-Lago."The law is clear," the three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. "We cannot write a rule that allows any subject of a search warrant to block government investigations after the execution of the warrant. Nor can we write a rule that allows only former presidents to do so.
The Manhattan district attorney's office hired a new investigator who should make Donald Trump nervous. © provided by RawStory Trump speaking at a rally in 2019. (Shutterstock.com)
Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan D.A., tapped former Justice Department official Matthew Colangelo to likely become one of the lead investigators into criminal matters involving the former president, and his hiring could jump-start those seemingly stalled probes, reported MSNBC columnist Steve Benen.
"But what Colangelo’s record notable is not just that he was the #3 official at Main Justice," Benen wrote. "This same prosecutor helped lead the investigation that led to the shutdown of Trump’s fake charitable foundation. Colangelo also helped lead the investigation that resulted in the New York attorney general’s office filing a quarter-billion-dollar case against the former president and three of his adult children."
Prosecutor: Evidence shows Trump 'explicitly' sanctioned alleged tax fraud scheme at two companies
A defense attorney representing one of the Trump companies on trial for the alleged fraud dismissed the argument raised in the prosecution's closing.Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass made the assertion during closing arguments in the trial of the Trump Corporation and Trump Payroll Corporation. He said evidence showed "Mr. Trump is explicitly sanctioning tax fraud,” and suggested that Trump could be deemed an unindicted co-conspirator.
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Trump has been raging against New York prosecutors for days, which could be a reaction to Colangelo's hiring.
"The district attorney’s office has an experienced new prosecutor with a keen understanding of the former president’s dealings — as that same office investigates Trump’s hush-money scandal and allegedly fraudulent business practices," Benen wrote. "In light of Colangelo’s new gig, it’s hardly a stretch to think Trump will publishing quite a few related missives in the coming months."
A moment of truth is fast approaching for both Trump and the DOJ .
Donald Trump is heading for a period of maximum legal and political risk over his role in the US Capitol insurrection and hoarding of classified documents that will collide with his efforts to electrify a low wattage 2024 White House bid. A quickening special counsel probe, now focusing on the alleged attempt to steal Georgia’s election, the climax of the House January 6 committee and a new trial of pro-Trump Oath Keepers extremists underscore the breadth of attempts to secure accountability over one of the darkest days in modern American history.