Some reporting of last weeks Article 39(a), UCMJ, hearing appears to attribute the military judge’s ruling to a desire to save the president embarrassment. I believe this is a gross distortion of a small part of what the military judge said. I was there and heard her read her findings and conclusions which were then made a part of the record of trial and available to the parties. These are the relevant references.
The above is from the discussion of the political question doctrine. The sole use of the word embarrassment is here: