Former prosecutor says classified docs case is now in 'reverse'

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 July 8, 2024

Special Counsel Jack Smith's luck seems to be running out in a big way as far as his attempts to prosecute former President Donald Trump.

According to Newsweek, Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump-appointed judge, issued a ruling that put several crucial deadlines in the case on hold in the wake of the Supreme Court's immunity decision regarding Trump's legal issues.

That ruling, according to former federal prosecutor and legal analyst Glenn Kirschner, put the entire classified documents case in "reverse."

Judge Cannon has been heavily criticized for what many believe to be a show of favortism toward Trump, but those who say that are basing that off of several decisions that seem to have gone in Trump's favor that were based on the law.

What's happening?

Part of Trump's legal defense has been a massive push for as many delays in the trial as possible while various questions are argued before the trial proceeds.

Newsweek noted:

Cannon's decision has effectively pressed pause on when Trump's team needs to share expert information, when they must provide reciprocal discovery, and when Smith's team has to submit certain classified document procedures. Cannon has given both sides two weeks to argue whether more immunity talk is necessary.

Kirschner held nothing back during a recent MSNBC interview when he criticized the judge for the delays in the case.

"Think back to May when Jack Smith, special counsel, filed a motion asking Judge Cannon to modify Donald Trump's conditions of release to stop him from saying and posting things that were endangering law enforcement," Kirschener said.

He continued, "She has yet to act on that, and yet within 24 hours of Donald Trump's attorneys asking her to do something, she couldn't jump on it quickly enough and entered an order basically taking a train that we're going to be taking that was already stopped dead in its tracks and putting it in reverse."

"So, she's moving away from a trial date rather than toward a trial date."

Still working on the gag order

Smith and his prosecutors have pressed the judge on several occasions to place a gag order on the former president for remarks he made about law enforcement.

So far, Cannon has not granted the gag orders.

Kirschner also criticized the Supreme Court's recent immunity decision.

"We have an imperial Supreme Court that just said presidents are also imperial," he said. "They are monarch-like, and they now have the power of lawlessness with impunity and immunity.

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