In a jaw-dropping turn of events, a federal appeals court has snubbed former President Donald Trump’s plea to stop the government from rifling through his Twitter account. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unceremoniously shot down Trump’s bid to halt special counsel Jack Smith from digging through his Twitter feed in connection to the election interference kerfuffle. The majority of judges scrambled to shut the door on any chance of further examination of the case.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 16, 2024
Judge Neomi Rao, a loyal Trump supporter, didn’t mince words, blasting the decision and lamenting that it tramples over time-honored traditions and paves over the hallowed grounds of executive privilege. Rao went on to throw some serious shade at Smith’s whole shebang, dissing the fact that Smith also slapped a gag order on Twitter to keep the former prez in the dark.
Rao, backed up by her pals Judges Justin Walker and Greg Katsas, threw down some serious shade at the whole situation. Judge Karen Henderson, an old-school appointment of the late George H.W. Bush, also hopped on the dissent train.
Rao and crew huffed and puffed, declaring that the court practically had its hands tied due to the airtight secrecy around the whole Twitter snooping situation. They clucked that if Trump had known about the warrant, he could’ve flexed some executive privilege muscle to shield his chitchats.
This eyebrow-raising saga is far from over, as it’s unclear if Trump will play his trump card and pitch this can of worms to the Supreme Court. This showdown is a part of a bigger brawl between Trump and Smith, with the next round heating up over Trump’s claims of presidential immunity. But, that’s definitely a story for another day.