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Aileen Cannon Called Out For Playing ‘Dangerous Game’ in Trump Trial

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Judge Aileen Cannon

Judge Aileen Cannon’s decision to allow Donald Trump to make false statements about the FBI is deemed risky by a former prosecutor. Concerns arise over the potential harm to FBI agents due to Trump’s misleading claims, including an untrue assertion about the agency using lethal force against him.

Appointed by Trump

Cannon, appointed by Trump, oversees the Mar-a-Lago case involving allegations of unlawfully retaining classified documents and obstruction of federal officials by the former president.

Not guilty

Trump has entered a plea of not guilty to the charges, maintaining that the retained documents were personal and denying any wrongdoing in the case.

A modification

In court, Smith has requested a modification to Trump’s bail terms to prevent the Republican from making misleading claims about the FBI.

FBI search warrant

This request came after an FBI search warrant application was made public, revealing that agents were prepared to use lethal force if required.

Similar language

Similar language is customary in such applications, as seen in a previous case when FBI agents were retrieving presidential papers from President Joe Biden.

Reviewed filings

Cannon has already reviewed filings from both prosecutors and Trump’s legal team. She has postponed the request to adjust bail conditions by three weeks to allow for additional submissions to be made.

Civil Discourse

“No one will ever accuse her of dealing with matters in an expeditious fashion. But she plays a dangerous and disingenuous game here. Someone could get hurt in the intervening three weeks,” Vance penned on Sunday in her legal publication, Civil Discourse.

Voiced disapproval

Vance has consistently voiced disapproval of the ex-president.

Jack Smith

“Special counsel Jack Smith has asked Judge Aileen Cannon—again—to bar Trump from making statements that endanger law enforcement in the classified documents case,” Vance wrote.

The FBI

“Trump has been claiming that the FBI was out to assassinate him when it executed the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago. It simply isn’t the case.”

Cannon rejected Smith

Vance mentioned that Cannon rejected Smith’s request based on a technical issue. Smith resubmitted the motion on Sunday, and the judge “entered a paperless order directing Trump to file a response on or before June 14 and the government to reply by June 21.”

Technical issue

Vance mentioned that Cannon rejected Smith’s request based on a technical issue. Smith resubmitted the motion on Sunday, and the judge “entered a paperless order directing Trump to file a response on or before June 14 and the government to reply by June 21.”

Social media

Trump insinuated in social media posts that FBI agents were instructed by the Biden administration to use lethal force against him. Referring to a motion Smith presented to Cannon on Friday, May 24, advocates of the ex-president like Steve Bannon echoed these assertions.

Truth Social platform

In a post on his Truth Social platform, Trump mentioned that the Department of Justice “AUTHORIZED THE FBI TO USE DEADLY (LETHAL) FORCE.”

Trump campaign

Furthermore, a communication from the Trump campaign stated that FBI agents were “authorized to shoot” the Republican candidate, while also implicating President Joe Biden was “locked & loaded and ready to take me out.”

His motion

Within his motion, Smith requested a modification to Trump’s bail terms to prevent him from making allegations against the FBI, which Smith believes endangers agents from Trump’s followers.

Chris Kise and Todd Blanche

In response, Trump’s attorneys, Chris Kise and Todd Blanche, submitted a detailed counterargument accusing Smith and the prosecution team of attempting to curb Trump’s freedom of speech. They also urged Cannon to penalize Smith and his associates for failing to consult with Trump’s legal representatives before initiating the motion.

Submitting the motion

Cannon supported their position strongly and criticized Smith for disregarding customary lawyer etiquette by not consulting with them before submitting the motion.

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