Judge Aileen Cannon orders hearing on some of Jack Smith's actions

 June 28, 2024

By most accounts, former President Donald Trump scored a major victory over President Joe Biden on Thursday night in a televised debate hosted by CNN.

Trump experienced another victory earlier in the day when Judge Aileen Cannon ordered a hearing on actions taken by Special Counsel Jack Smith. 

Questions over Mar-a-Lago raid and attorney-client privilege

According to Breitbart, the hearing will concern approval for the raid which Smith had federal agents carry out last year on Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

The raid was authorized in Washington, D.C. by Judge Beryl A. Howell, an Obama appointee who is facing an ethics complaint from New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik for alleged bias against Trump.

Also at issue is Howell's decision to pierce Trump's attorney-client privilege by forcing lawyer Evan Corcoran to surrender notes from his conversations with the former president.

Howell justified the move via the "crime-fraud exception," a rule under which attorney-client privilege can be voided if it is being used by a defendant to further criminal activity.

Trump campaign spokesperson welcomes ruling

The Washington Post noted that Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung voiced words of praise for Cannon, hailing her as a "highly respected" judge.

Cheung went on to slam Smith's indictment, saying, "The entire documents case was a political sham from the very beginning, and it should be thrown out entirely."

Breitbart observed that no date for the hearing has yet been given and it will further reduce the likelihood of Trump's case going in front of a jury before this year's election.

Meanwhile, Smith may have experienced another setback on Friday when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a January 6 defendant and former police officer named Joseph Fischer.

Supreme Court ruling could impact two of Trump's charges

As Newsmax reported, Fischer was charged with obstructing an official proceeding under a 2002 law passed following the Enron scandal.

However, the Supreme Court ruled in a six to two decision that prosecutors must demonstrate that January 6 defendants attempted to tamper with or destroy documents.

Among the charges brought by Smith against Trump in his Washington D.C. case are one count of obstruction of an official proceeding and one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding.

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