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Trump Scores Lucky Break With Judge Assigned to Indictment Case in Florida

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His preferred judge will preside over his most recent criminal case in Florida, which is a fortuitous turn of events for President Donald Trump.

On Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) under Democrat Joe Biden indicted Donald Trump on seven counts.

Trump is slated to appear in court in Florida on Tuesday.

Trump’s appointee, U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, has just been assigned the politically motivated case.

In a prior case, Cannon rendered multiple pro-Trump rulings that incensed the left.

They now demand that she be removed from the litigation against Trump.

“Trump-appointed US district court judge Aileen Cannon was listed on the summons sent to Trump yesterday, per ppl familiar — indicating she may be the presiding judge.

“Cannon granted Trump a special master during the investigation last year.

“Confirming ABC News.” according to Guardian reporter Hugo Lowell.

According to Alene:

“I used to be an appellate chief in the 11th Circuit (where Florida is) and I litigated a few appeals where we asked the court of appeals to order a judge to recuse.

“Altho a judge’s behavior in court generally doesn’t form the basis for recusal, the 11th Circuit has ordered ‘reassignment’ where a judge leans so heavily for a defendant they call their objectivity in the eyes of the public into question.

“This is persuasive authority that Judge Cannon must step aside if the case falls to her as a permanent assignment.

“Her court & certainly the 11th won’t tolerate the damage it would do to their credibility if she failed to voluntarily recuse.”

ABC News reported:

The summons sent to former President Donald Trump and his legal team late Thursday indicates that U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon will be assigned to oversee his case, at least initially, according to sources briefed on the matter.

Cannon’s apparent assignment would add yet another unprecedented wrinkle to a case involving the first federal charges against a former president: Trump appointed Cannon to the federal bench in 2020, meaning that, if Trump is ultimately convicted, she would be responsible for determining the sentence – which may include prison time – for the man who elevated her to the role.

A federal grand jury voted to indict Trump on at least seven federal charges late Thursday as part of an investigation into his handling of classified documents, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

The indictment comes after more than 100 documents with classified markings were found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in August 2022.

Multiple media disclosures regarding cases involving Trump have been criticized by a legal expert, who asserts that they “further reinforce” Republican claims that the investigations are politically motivated.

The criticism follows the release of a judge’s sealed decision alleging that Trump intentionally misled his counsel regarding the discovery of confidential information at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

A retired federal judge stated in a confidential brief last week that the government had presented “compelling preliminary evidence” suggesting that Trump had “knowingly and deliberately misled his own attorneys about his retention of classified materials after leaving office.”

U.S. Judge Beryl Howell, who recently resigned as the chief judge of the D.C. district court, stated in a document that the prosecutors from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office had provided sufficient preliminary evidence to indicate that the former president had committed offenses.

According to the article, this could render invalid the attorney-client privileges asserted by two of his attorneys.

Howell required Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to comply with a grand jury subpoena to depose on six separate lines of investigation that he had previously protected under attorney-client privilege in an unreported filing.

Howell concluded that the prosecution’s initial evidence of Trump’s criminal activity met the prima facie standard necessary to surmount Corcoran’s privilege. According to the BBC, the court emphasized that prosecutors must establish Trump’s culpability beyond a reasonable doubt in order to pursue charges against him, and that they will need significantly more evidence to do so.

Jonathan Turley, a constitutional expert and professor at Georgetown Law School, stated that the disclosure of the confidential document was “deeply troubling” and part of a “pattern of selective leaks designed to sway public opinion.”

“This is a continuation of a pattern of leaks related to the Trump investigations that extend seven years, through the Russian collusion investigation,” Turley claimed.

Turley continued, “These leaks make a mockery of the system, and they “further reinforce the narrative of Donald Trump that the Department of Justice is engaging in unethical or improper means to target him in election year.”

Turley stated that Garland has shown “no interest in investigating his own department,” adding that “These leaks have one overriding common denominator: they all tend to undermine Donald Trump and to implicate him in the alleged crime.”

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