Rich Handley Author and Editor

An Open Letter to Judge Aileen Cannon

Dear Judge Cannon,

I respectfully urge you to heavily consider the implications of granting a special master to oversee the Department of Justice’s investigation into Donald Trump’s treasonous theft of top-secret documents, a crime that would result in a long prison sentence for anyone who wasn’t him. The world and history are watching this unprecedented and extremely alarming case very closely, and your name is now inextricably attached to Trump’s. No matter what happens next in this case, one thing is inevitable and unavoidable: Trump’s legacy in the history books has been destroyed.

It’s not just that he was lazy, ineffective, uninformed and narcissistic, nor that he spent most of his time playing golf and engaging in incoherent, illiterate Twitter tantrums like a deranged child instead of actually putting in a day’s work. That was regrettable and embarrassing to watch as an American, yes, as it disgraced the Oval Office and made us a worldwide laughing-stock, but it’s in the past and we’re moving on from that. Rather, the issue here is the fact that Trump is the first president to be impeached twice, the first to be investigated by the Department of Justice and the FBI for treason-level crimes, the first to incite a terrorist insurrection against his own government, the first to publicly try to steal an election, the first to almost get his own VP murdered by a racist cult, and the first to be caught stealing top-secret documents, possibly to sell them to the fascist leaders of other countries–our enemies–whom he has frequently praised and admired.

If you were to grant Trump’s request for a special master, effectively helping him cover up what he’s done by making it harder for the DoJ to do their jobs, that would cement your unenviable place in those same history books, which would paint you as an accomplice and accessory, alongside the likes of Rudy Giuliani, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Lindsay Graham, Fox News, and others who have permanently disgraced themselves by allying with and defending this treasonous conman grifter. Despite your having been appointed by Trump, I urge you to see the writing on the wall here. Whether or not this traitor goes to prison–which is admittedly unlikely, given how the GOP is bending over backwards to shield him from his many crimes–he is damaged goods, poisoning everyone in his orbit. That tarnish will be permanent for all involved, as history will record and remember anyone who helped the worst president the country has ever known try to escape justice after committing some of the worst crimes a president can commit.

I implore you, Your Honor, to please weigh your decision heavily. You don’t want to be remembered as a traitor’s accomplice, which you most assuredly will be if you do what news reports say you’re inclined to do. This isn’t about politics. This is about what’s right, and about why someone becomes a judge in the first place. I know that movies and TV shows like to paint every judge as corrupt, and some are… but I believe a lot of people in your role genuinely mean to do good for this country. Please show the world you are better than the Trump crime family and their mob lawyers–because it is, indeed, the world that is watching you right now. You’re a federal judge. Your duty is to the American people, not to a rapey, imbecilic conman who would sell you out faster than you could say “Overruled.” Please consider the above before making your decision. I hope you will do the right thing for the United States, for justice, and for democracy. Thank you for your time.

Rich Handley

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