Jake Tapper spanks MSNBC legal analysts over bashing CNN legal expert, who was right about Trump

On Friday’s edition of “The Lead,” host Jake Tapper took a dig at MSNBC over its guests’ criticizing CNN legal analyst Elie Honig concerning former President Trump’s request for a special master to review documents seized by the FBI.

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Honig predicted weeks ago that Trump would prevail in his request for a special master and that a judge would rule in his favor over the issue. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon sided with Trump on Monday granting his request.

“I think Donald Trump has a fairly good chance of prevailing,” Honig said on “The Lead with Jake Tapper” a couple of weeks ago. “It’s a reasonable request. It’s actually not unprecedented.”

“On this show a few weeks ago, you predicted Trump had a reasonable chance of this judge granting his request for a special master,” Tapper contended. “I noted that a bunch of MSNBC legal commentators attacked you. Have they apologized at all? Have they acknowledged that were wrong and you were right?”

“No, Jake. I have thick skin,” Honig responded. “If you strip out the politics and look at this thing objectively, and we had this story as it broke, and if you understand how real district courts, trial courts work, to me it seemed like Donald Trump’s request was not unreasonable, was not unprecedented, and that he had a reasonable chance to succeed.”

“We’re trying to call it down the middle and that’s all I ever aim to do,” he asserted.

“I guess some legal commentators have a difficult time stripping out the politics,” Tapper stingingly remarked.

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The FBI led a thuggish raid on the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence, seizing a cache of documents, some of which were marked classified, and a ton of personal items. Trump was incensed that personal records were seized. Among those were 40 years’ worth of medical records and tax return information.

Honig got into it with MSNBC guests and legal experts Andrew Weissmann and Renato Mariotti over the appropriateness of appointing a special master in the matter in August.

“CNN blows legal analysis. Any exec priv docs (if they even exist) belong to the Archives not Trump. And the privilege belongs to current president, not Trump. And executive privilege does not apply to the executive branch which did the search,” Weissmann tweeted.

Honig responded to Weissmann’s attack, “Wrong / strawman arguments. Docs certainly belong to Archives but question is can they be used against privilege holder. Supreme Court has held open possibility of prior president invoking privilege (tougher but entirely possible). And could be other privileges at play here.”

“The filing from Trump’s team was focused on executive privilege. There was only a single throwaway line about other privileges. I don’t understand the other point you’re making. The docs themselves are evidence of the crimes at issue here,” Mariotti shot back at Honig.

Tapper believes Honig is owed an apology after being attacked by the rival network’s lackeys and was not shy in saying so.

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