Trump-Appointed Judge Takes the Case
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee from 2020, was assigned to oversee the case arising from the indictment of former President Donald Trump, as confirmed by an NPR source.
This was the same judge who had earlier given a ruling in Trump’s favor.
Her decision to appoint a special master for reviewing the documents seized by the FBI from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence the previous summer acted as a temporary halt to the federal prosecutors’ investigation.
Clashing with the Justice Department
Cannon’s ruling, however, didn’t go unnoticed by the Justice Department.
The Department pushed back, arguing that such an appointment would negatively impact important governmental interests, particularly national security.
But Judge Cannon remained steadfast, ruling further to unseal the list of items the FBI had seized during their search of Trump’s residence.
Judge Cannon’s Crucial Role
If Trump was to be convicted, and if Cannon continued to preside over the case, she would play a pivotal role in deciding the consequences.
This would include the determination of any prison time.
This revelation added a layer of intrigue to the proceedings, hinting at the critical role Cannon could play in the potential conviction and sentencing of the former President.
Trump’s Lawyers Resign
Adding to the turmoil of the situation, Trump’s attorneys, Jim Trusty and John Rowley, decided to resign.
They announced their resignation on Friday morning, in the aftermath of the grand jury’s indictment of Trump. They released a statement explaining that, given the case had been filed in Miami, this was an appropriate time for them to step aside, allowing others to see the case through to its conclusion.
The resignation of his attorneys only added more uncertainty to an already convoluted situation.
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