Judge Cannon spars with prosecution over Trump gag order request

 June 25, 2024

Judge Aileen Cannon, the judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's classified documents case and eventual trial, has taken loads of backlash from Trump's critics because she's clearly not automatically anti-Trump in her rulings and decisions like most other judges and prosecutors.

She's now especially taking a verbal beating given that she won't easily entertain a motion for a new gag order against the former president.

According to NBC News, the judge even entered a bit of a sparring match in a recent hearing during which the prosecution asked for a gag order against Trump.

Special Counsel Jack Smith and his prosecutors were reprimanded in their latest attempt to request Trump be banned from speaking about law enforcement officials.

What happened?

Attorney David Harbach was described as appearing "exasperated" as "she questioned the need to modify Trump’s conditions of release. Smith’s office has challenged those conditions over Trump’s false claims that FBI agents were prepared to kill him while they were executing a 2022 search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago estate."

Cannon wasn't having his attitude about the ordeal and quickly made it clear that she wasn't in the mood.

"I don't appreciate your tone," the judge said.

The exchange ended up being quite embarrassing for the lawyer, as he would later apologize for his "unprofessional" behavior.

“I just want to apologize about earlier,” Harbach said. “I didn’t mean to be unprofessional. I’m sorry about that.”

The quest to gag Trump on the matter came in the wake of the former president making statements about the FBI being "locked & loaded" during the raid on Mar-a-Lago.

NBC News noted:

Trump’s statements last month were based on a “standard policy statement limiting the use of deadly force” that is commonly included in search warrants, according to the FBI. In addition, Trump was not in Florida during the raid; the FBI coordinated the search of Mar-a-Lago when it knew he would be out of state.

No decision yet

After multiple hearings and requests, Cannon has still not granted the gag order requested by Smith's team.

Many legal experts do not believe she'll ultimately go that road, as she's show quite a bit of skepticism and raised First Amendment concerns regarding the request to gag a presidential candidate.

Cannon had already delayed the trial, and it's likely not to take place until after the election.

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