Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., appears to be a major supporter of Judge Aileen Cannon, who recently issued the controversial decision granting former Donald Trump the request for an independent review of documents seized by the FBI in Mar -a-Lago. Cannon is a federal district judge appointed by Trump, and Rubio may be eager to enlist the former president’s support in his unexpectedly close re-election race against Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat.
Rubio dismissed claims that Cannon’s decision in the Mar-a-Lago case was politically motivated, though many legal experts — including conservatives like former attorney general Bill Barr — were highly critical of the decision. Rubio also pointed to the bipartisan support Cannon received ahead of his nomination and confirmation vote.
Rubio appears to have been Cannon’s sponsor, asking him to apply for the judicial nomination in 2019 and also established Florida’s bipartisan Judicial Advisory Commission that reviewed Cannon’s background, alongside other potential candidates. Cannon was confirmed by a bipartisan Senate vote on Nov. 12, 2020, just a week after Trump lost the presidential election.
Cannon’s ruling in favor of Trump’s request for a special master to review seized documents was widely criticized for appearing to offer special treatment to the ex-president and delaying the Department of Justice’s ongoing criminal investigation. Justice.
His decision is “not based on any law or legal theory” and included “much better advocacy for the former president’s legal position than anything his current lawyers have offered,” said the prominent lawyer for the national security Bradley Moss. told NBC News.
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Rubio, however, strongly defended Cannon’s decision, tell Breitbart that “attacks on her are just the latest example of hypocrisy on the part of leftists and their ombudsmen who believe that the only time it is okay to attack a judge is if that judge is speaking out against what they want”.
Rubio also criticized the DOJ’s investigation into Trump, calling it politically motivated and comparing to the events of the “Marxist dictatorships of the Third World”. This position could be politically advantageous in terms of Rubio’s relationship with Trump and his campaign against Demings, who has been within points of Rubio in recent opinion polls. Rubio is also the most Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which will almost certainly be briefed on any national security issues emerging from Mar-a-Lago’s research.
Rubio strongly supported the FBI’s 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state. Apparently the presence of classified information at Trump’s home does not alarm the Florida senator, who suggested in a interview with NBC 6 that he doesn’t think “a fight over document storage is worthy” of the FBI’s “full-scale raid.”
Rubio expressed a very different attitude toward Trump when the two were 2016 GOP presidential candidates, warning voters that Trump was “reckless and dangerous.” More recently, he said little or nothing about the former president’s conspiracy theories regarding the 2016 election or his suggestion that the Jan. 6 rioters should be pardoned, let alone his questionable handling of classified documents.
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