Cannon chastises Smith team, denies ‘gag order’ request in Trump docs case

Source: The Hill | May 28, 2024 | Rebecca Beitsch

Cannon chastises Smith team, denies ‘gag order’ request in Trump classified docs case

Judge Aileen Cannon chastised special counsel Jack Smith’s team Tuesday after she said the lawyers failed to meaningfully reach out to former President Trump’s attorneys on a motion to limit his speech in the classified documents case after Trump claimed law enforcement had the power to assassinate him.

She likewise denied a motion from Trump’s legal team seeking to censure prosecutors over the matter.

Trump’s lawyers fired back Tuesday, after Smith asked the judge to put a stop to his false claims that FBI agents had a green light to assassinate him during their search for documents at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

A late Friday filing from the Justice Department pointed to what it deemed “several intentionally false and inflammatory statements” that violate existing limitations placed on Trump as part of his conditions of pretrial release.

Prosecutors — who, like Trump’s team, are required to confer with the other party before filing motions in the case — did not do so until 5:30 p.m. ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

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