Elie Mystal, an attorney and legal reporter for The Nation, accused a Donald Trump-appointed judge of bias and corruption Monday after she appointed a special master to review documents seized from his home by the FBI. (Watch the video below.)
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, nominated by Trump in 2020, made the move over the objections of the Justice Department, which is investigating Trump for allegedly harboring unsecured classified material at Mar-a-Lago.
“How on Earth could a judge who made it through law school think that Donald Trump can take the property of the federal government, the federal government, take it home after which must have a special master determine whether or not they can investigate him?” Joy Reid asked Mystal on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut.”
To which Mystal replied: “Because she’s biased and corrupt. … I’ve been saying this since he took office: Whenever you allow Republicans to manage the courts, you get nothing. Trump judges don’t consider within the rule of law. They don’t consider in precedent. They don’t consider in facts. They don’t consider in logic. They only consider in whatever’s going to assist Donald Trump and so they’ve proven it repeatedly and again. So after I say you can’t trust Trump judges I don’t know what more evidence you would like for that fact.”
Mystal dismissed Trump’s claim of executive privilege. “Privilege goes to the present president,” he said. “We only have one president at a time. So it’s not Trump’s privilege to have.”
Cannon previously had said “what’s the harm?” in granting Trump’s request to appoint a special master. The special master is an independent arbiter assigned to discover what could be protected by “executive privilege,” as Trump has claimed. Some experts say Trump’s request was one other attempt to subvert confidence within the Justice Department. Others called the intervention “deeply problematic.”