Is Trump above the law?

The sharpest opinions on the debate from around the web

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Former President Donald Trump scored a big legal victory when a federal judge in Florida, Aileen Cannon, granted his request to appoint a special master to review documents the FBI seized from Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. Cannon, a Trump appointee, said the FBI can't use them for its investigation into Trump's handling of highly classified material until the independent review is complete. Cannon said the decision would help ensure at least the appearance that Trump was being treated fairly. But many legal experts say the ruling was flawed, and gave Trump special treatment. "This decision suggests that at least some of Trump's judges put loyalty to the man over loyalty to the rule of law," said Paul Rosenzweig, who served in former President George W. Bush's Homeland Security Department, and was senior counsel to special counsel Ken Starr when in investigated then-President Bill Clinton.

Trump has accused the Biden administration of going after him for partisan reasons and turning the justice system into a political weapon. Trump noted that this was the first time a former president's home had been searched, and said the raid showed the U.S. justice system was "broken." He said his 2016 election rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was the one being placed above the law, because the FBI never barged into her home to conduct a search for classified information on her home email server. Is Trump being unfairly targeted, or getting special treatment?

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