Monica Lewinsky calls for Judge Cannon to be impeached and removed from Trump documents case

 June 26, 2024

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has faced immense scrutiny and harsh criticism for the way in which she has presided over former President Donald Trump's classified documents case in South Florida.

Now joining the chorus of voices from the left haranguing the judge is semi-celebrity and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who is calling for Judge Cannon to be impeached and removed from the bench, according to USA Today.

Ironically, Lewinsky is infamous for her sexual affair with then-President Bill Clinton which resulted in his impeachment when he initially lied about his extramarital activities with the intern to federal investigators.

Lewinsky calls for impeachment

In an X post on Tuesday, Lewinsky wrote, "I awakened angry about the documents case in florida. it is INSANE that it hasn’t moved forward to trial, and i hope judge cannon is impeached."

"IF the documents had been declassified (which they weren’t) then all trump had to do was xerox them and return originals that were being asked for and explain they were declassified (again, for those in back, which they weren’t)," she continued. "IF it had been an honest (ahem) mistake to take them… just return them -- LIKE EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT WHO WAS FOUND TO HAVE CLASSIFIED MATERIALS IN THEIR PRIVATE POSSESSION. (which still would have warranted an investigation but maybe not resulted in a trial.)"

"The danger and damage done by this judge is mind-numbing," Lewinsky added.

Democrats furious with how judge has handled the case

USA Today noted that Lewinsky's call for Judge Cannon to be impeached by the U.S. Senate and presumably removed from the federal bench comes amid mounting criticism from the political left and the media against the judge who was first appointed to her current position by former President Trump himself.

In May, The Hill reported that congressional Democrats were outraged when Cannon canceled the tentative May 20 trial start date and indefinitely delayed the potential eventual proceeding while dealing with numerous pre-trial motions and other complex procedures pertaining to the handling of classified documents in a courtroom setting.

Those Democrats were hyper-critical of her appearing to appease Trump and "slow-walking" the case by taking her time to issue rulings on various motions or holding hearings for issues that they considered unimportant, and some expressed their desire to see the case reassigned to another judge.

Mounting criticisms and personal smears

The criticisms continued in early June with a lengthy and scathing profile piece about Cannon from CNN that painted a picture of an "isolated and inexperienced" judge who was in way over her head with a high-profile case that she was ill-equipped to handle.

Interestingly enough, Lewinsky's critique came just days after The New York Times reported that at least two of Cannon's more experienced colleagues in the district had approached her early on last year and suggested that she step aside and hand the classified documents case off to a different judge.

Cannon rejected those requests, however, and has continued to preside over the case at her own pace, much to the dismay of her many critics.

It's (D)ifferent when Democrats attack a sitting judge

NBC News joined the fray last week as well with a piece that was sharply critical of Judge Cannon holding hearings on several pre-trial motions from Trump's attorneys that legal experts consider to be longshot efforts to dismiss the case, as well as for the way in which she has repeatedly appeared to clash with prosecutors while granting deference to the defendant, and lamented the continued lack of a new trial date.

One of the oft-mentioned reasons for the incessant attacks from the left against the judge -- it's apparently okay when Democrats do it, but not when Trump criticizes a judge -- is the concern that the trial will be delayed past the 2020 election, Trump will win that election, and then instruct his DOJ to drop the charges so that he can remain unaccountable for his alleged crimes.

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