The U.S. Dept. of Justice on Thursday filed a notice of appeal against U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon’s ruling allowing Donald Trump the “special master” his legal team requested. The order also halted DOJ from taking any investigative steps in conjunction with the 13,000 items, including more than 100 classified documents federal agents seized during the August 8 search warrant execution of Mar-a-Lago.
“The Justice Department also argued that a former president cannot assert executive privilege after he leaves office, and that it is not possible for one part of the executive branch to assert privilege to shield documents from another part,” The Washington Post reports, but notes that the “appeals process could take longer than any document review by the special master.”
CBS News Congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane adds that DOJ has also asked the court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, to stay Judge Cannons decision.
Judge Cannon’s “order would irreparably harm the government and the public by unnecessarily requiring the government to share highly classified materials with a special master,” DOJ states.
On Thursday, Business Insider reported that the Clubhouse restaurant in Aquia Harbour, Virginia was forced to issue an apology after posting a limited-time menu full of food and drinks themed after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The images of the “Patriot Day Menu” show a variety of items with names calling back to the attacks, with the most prominent being the “Never Forget Sampler,” which includes “2 cups of 2977 Chowder, Flight 93 Redirect Crab Dip, First Responder Shrimp Flat Bread, Freedom Flounder served with a choice of side, salad & warm rolls, 2 Slices of Pentagon Pies, [and] 2 Remember-tini Cocktails.”
Customers were urged to call ahead, since the 9/11 items would only be served from noon to 9pm.
“The menu was met almost immediately with criticism of its apparent insensitivity. Although it was quickly deleted from Facebook, it had already been captured and reposted to Twitter,” reported Jordan Hart. “One Twitter user pointed out the restaurant’s proximity to service members and veterans in the area. ‘Appalling,’ the tweet read. The restaurant is also roughly 45 minutes from the Pentagon, where 184 people were killed and which was heavily damaged, in the attack.”
The manager, George White, issued a statement reading, “I apologize for those I offended with the 9/11 seafood Sunday post. My intention was to bring attention to that horrific day 21 years ago. To honor those who lost so much as well those who gave everything that day.” The 9/11 names are to now be replaced with football themed names like, “Touch Down-tini,” “Coin Toss Chocolate Pie,” and “Offense Oysters.”
This is not the first time a restaurant has come under fire for a poorly-executed tribute to the 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 attacks. Last year, a bar in Fort Worth, Texas attached to a Mexican restaurant that opened on the day of the attacks received criticism for branding itself as “bar9eleven,” complete with a commemorative plaque that detailed everything the owner of that restaurant was thinking about while the attacks were in progress.
Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles was held without bail after a Las Vegas arraignment on Thursday in front of Judge Elana Lee Graham.
Telles is charged with murdering Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German. Telles blamed German for his finishing third in the Democratic Party as he sought renomination in Nevada’s largest county.
KLAS-TV reporter Vanessa Murphy was in the courtroom.
“Prosecutor asking for no bail,” Murphy reported. “Says German was stabbed 7 times after he came out of his house. DNA from hands and fingernails of German matches Telles.”
German, 69, reportedly had defensive wounds.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported German, “reported on crime, courts, corruption, casino industry leaders and mob figures for decades in Las Vegas. This year, he spent months reporting on the turmoil surrounding Telles’ oversight of the public administrator’s office.”
Former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida has reportedly become a “magnet for foreign spies,” according to former U.S. intelligence officials and national security analysts.
Per The Guardian, it was reported “that a document describing an unspecified foreign government’s defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, was one of the many highly secret papers Trump took away from the White House when he left office in January 2021.”
The news outlet also noted:
“There were also documents marked SAP, for Special-Access Programmes, which are often about US intelligence operations and whose circulation is severely restricted, even among administration officials with top security clearance. Potentially most disturbing of all, there were papers stamped HCS, Humint Control Systems, involving human intelligence gathered from agents in enemy countries, whose lives would be in danger if their identities were compromised.”
Speaking to MSNBC News, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director John Brennan weighed in with his insight on the discovery,
“I know that national security professionals inside government, my former colleagues, [they] are shaking their heads at what damage might have been done,” John Brennan, former CIA director, told the news outlet.
“I’m sure Mar-a-Lago was being targeted by Russian intelligence and other intelligence services over the course of the last 18 or 20 months, and if they were able to get individuals into that facility, and access those rooms where those documents were and made copies of those documents, that’s what they would do.”
Peter Strzok, who previously served as deputy assistant director of counter-intelligence for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also expressed similar sentiments when during the brief discussion on MSNBC.
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