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  • Seth Barrett Tillman: Part V: The Mystery of DC & MD v Trump

    Posted by Jonathan on March 12th, 2019 (All posts by )

    I do not know why Judge Messitte took this course of action. But if I had to guess this is what I would say. Judge Messitte denied the President his day in court, and when it looked like the President’s counsel was going to get his day in front of another court, Judge Messitte actively sought to frustrate those efforts. To put it another way, Judge Messitte, and all the parties, and all the amici, and all sophisticated observers know—we all know that this lawsuit was not brought by Plaintiffs in the hopes of prevailing on the merits. Plaintiffs would be happy with such a victory if it should come their way, but that is not why they brought this lawsuit. This lawsuit’s primary goal was and remains an effort by Plaintiffs to get discovery against Trump and his commercial entities—to see what (if anything) shakes out. The discovery in this lawsuit ordered by Judge Messitte was put on hold during the appeals process, and when Judge Messitte saw that his efforts to get discovery were being frustrated by the President’s counsel’s filing an appeal, Judge Messitte advised the Plaintiffs how (they might try) to lock the case out of the court of appeals and to put it back in his bailiwick where discovery could proceed, even where he refuses to rule promptly on threshold motions. Again, the President is not litigating against the Plaintiffs: they are little more than passive observers in this action. It appears to me that this litigation is, in reality, between Judge Messitte* and President Trump. Of course, that is all just guesswork on my part.

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    8 Responses to “Seth Barrett Tillman: Part V: The Mystery of DC & MD v Trump

    1. Mike K Says:

      Messitte is a Clinton appointed judge, 78 years old senior status.

      I suspect this is in the line of a personal vendetta as he has not much else to do.

    2. Anonymous Says:

      Lawfare is not mysterious.

    3. Roy Kerns Says:

      my comment above

    4. Dank Skankman Says:

      “I do not know why Judge Messitte took this course of action.”

      I do.

      He’s a Democrat.

      Every living Democrat is committed to using all available means to destroy, or at least harm, Trump or anyone associated or affiliated with him.

      Spend some time with Democrats. They will not be happy until Trump and his family are all in prison, or worse.

      The sad thing is the Republicans are too lame to respond in kind.

    5. Subotai Bahadur Says:

      “He’s a Democrat.

      Every living Democrat is committed to using all available means to destroy, or at least harm, Trump or anyone associated or affiliated with him. ”

      I would add “destroy or at least harm the Constitution and replace the rule of law with the rule of the Left.”

      Subotai Bahadur

    6. newrouter Says:

      Jury nullification is next move.

    7. Subotai Bahadur Says:

      “Jury nullification is next move.”

      Until juries become street mobs and/or Tribunals.

      Subotai Bahadur

    8. Brian Says:

      “A man’s rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, jury box and the cartridge box”
      Frederick Douglass