Trump’s Courtroom Showdown With Judge Aileen Cannon

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( – Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee who had previously appointed a special master in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case is going to be overseeing the case initially.

Former President Donald Trump has received a summons for Tuesday’s appearance in court. In those summons, both Cannon’s and Judge Bruce Reinhart’s names are mentioned. Reinhart was the one who had originally approved the search warrant that the FBI used in order to raid and search Mar-a-Lago.

Cannon’s ruling was particularly important for this case as it originally slowed down the Department of Justice’s probe into Trump, and even temporarily barred prosecutors from examining the documents that they had recovered from Trump’s home. She then proceeded to appoint a special master who would be responsible for assessing the documents retrieved against Trump’s claims and determining which of the documents were covered by executive privilege. However, there has been a lot of skepticism expressed over this decision, including skepticism from the special master.

Cannon’s ruling, in this case, was overturned twice by a higher court, with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, allowing the Department of Justice to look at the documents and get rid of the special master.

Joyce Vance, an attorney who was a part of drafting a model prosecution memo in the case, has warned about getting too caught up in Cannon’s inclusion in the case, noting that the previous appeal court decision meant the 11th Circuit can always order a reassessment if the objectivity of the judge is called into question.

Vance on Twitter further argued that  Cannon needed to either step aside if they decided to make her case to the appointment permanent, especially as both her court and the 11th Circuit would not stand for any moves that could reduce their credibility.

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