I’m not sure how they can compare something like a Qanon conspiracy about nonexistent pedophiles keeping nonexistent children in a nonexistent pizza place basement to a real former president with real stolen documents possibly hiding some more documents in his real late wifes real burial site.
Considering how bonkers TFG has been and is, I would not put it past him, or any of his handlers, at this point–including but not limited to his [surviving] family members, his enablers, co-conspirators, etc. These are people who use people. All the time. Yea verily even in death.
“Ooooooh let’s hide this stuff in… here… they’ll never look in a gravesite. If they even suggest searching it for legal reasons, we can claim how sacrilegious even such a suggestion would be! Social taboos! Something-something-godless-libruls!” [insert performative pearl-clutching or bible-clutching here]
That doesn’t look like the case to me; he was brought on board specifically to help with the documents investigation and he’s now been shuffled away from the team handling that stuff. If Trump is going to be indicted over the document theft then they wouldn’t want to keep his top lawyer away from the rest of the people formulating a legal strategy for the case.
I think the simplest explanation is that Kise did what a real competent lawyer is supposed to do: he told Trump what he needed to know instead of what he wanted to hear. Normally that would be a fireable offense but since Kise got paid up front they just reassigned him to help out with one of the other endless scandals instead of the documents thing.
Maybe feeling jealous or spiteful DeathSantis pulled him away or getting into something completely different…
Kise served on DeSantis’s transition team in Florida and is known as the attorney who helped derail the campaign of the Florida governor’s erstwhile rival Andrew Gillum in 2018. DeSantis narrowly won that race after Kise publicized that Gillum accepted free tickets to the Broadway musical Hamilton from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer.
I haven’t been following the docket, but this move was fairly predictable:
The reporting on this case has been . . . subpar.
Thursday’s ruling was the first clash between Cannon, a Trump appointee who has generally shown the former president deference in litigation over the Mar-a-Lago investigation, and Dearie, a federal judge she appointed as an outside expert in the case, who appears to be far more skeptical of Trump.
Cannon is not “showing deference,” she is making up sh*t as she goes along, and actively interfering with an ongoing criminal investigation. Judge Dearie is not “far more skeptical of Trump,” he’s actually doing his damn job, which entails being skeptical of lots of people, not just the congenital liars. The way this is written makes it seem all the decisions here have resulted from bias. While that is true as to Cannon, the more important dichotomy is “Rule of Law” (Dearie) vs. “The King can do no wrong” (Cannon).
Also, Dearie’s not an “outside expert,” like someone to help explain what makes a document confidential. A special master does the same things a judge does - call balls and strikes. Dearie can’t be expected to do his job if he doesn’t have any standards to go by. To make any decisions he needs to pin down as a factual matter what TFG is actually claiming, which is Judging 101 if you’re not a partisan hack. Her entire approach reeks of “let’s just delay this past midterms, the Eleventh Circuit won’t take the case away from me before then.”