NYT: 2 judges sought to persuade Cannon to hand off Trump Mar-a-Lago case

Source: The Hill | June 20, 2024 | Rebecca Beitsch

Two different judges urged Judge Aileen Cannon to hand off the Mar-a-Lago documents case against former President Trump when it was assigned to her last year, according to reporting from The New York Times.

The entreaties were made after Cannon’s initial handling of Trump’s challenge to the warrant to search his home, with her appointment of a special master later being rebuked by a higher court that ordered her to reverse it.

According to the Times, both judges suggested Cannon hand off the case after it was randomly assigned to her once prosecutors made the decision to formally charge Trump last June.

Two sources indicated they heard about the discussions from judges directly, though both declined to name one of the jurists.

The unnamed judge suggested it would be better for Cannon to let the case be heard in the Miami courthouse, rather than in her courtroom two hours north in Fort Pierce.

The Miami courthouse already had a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, something the government has since had to build in Fort Pierce.

Chief Judge Cecilia Altonaga, an appointee of former President George W. Bush who oversees jurists of the Southern District of Florida, would also go on to try and persuade Cannon to give up the case, reportedly telling her it would be bad optics for her to keep the case given her handling of Trump’s challenge to the warrant.


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