February 16, 2024

Judge Cannon Denies Motion to Delay Pretrial Motion Deadlines

Of all the cases that Trump has before the court, the classified documents case has the one judge that would be deemed “friendly” to Trump.

That is because Donald Trump appointed Judge Aileen Cannon.

That meant little in a recent motion by Trump’s attorneys, however, hoping to have pretrial motions delayed.

Sorry, But It’s a No

So far in this case, Cannon has made some rulings that have Democrats and the DOJ up in arms.

That was not the case when Trump’s legal team filed a motion that would have resulted in the case being pushed back considerably.

Cannon denied the motion to delay pretrial motions, which means, for now, the case stays on track for its trial date.

The current deadline is February 22, so Trump’s team has less than a week to figure out a way to extend this trail beyond the general election so it will not impact the outcome of the election.

Cannon has been under fire from the start of this case, so it was no shock to see her switch gears here.

For instance, when Cannon blocked investigators from the materials taken from Mar-a-Lago during the FBI raid, it was called “an unprecedented intervention by a federal district judge into the middle of an ongoing federal criminal and national security investigation” and “a genuinely unprecedented decision by a judge.”

More recently, she shockingly permitted witness names to be unsealed in the case after Smith asked to keep them protected due to Trump’s previous attacks against court members and witnesses.

She has also had her ruling to appoint a special master vacated by the appellate court.

If Trump loses an ally on the bench, it will not be good news for the former president, as this is one of two federal cases where I felt he stood a good chance of seeing a guilty verdict.

This trial is currently slated for a May 20 start, which means it would start well after the primary nomination was in hand and would end well before the general election, which is a worst-case scenario for the GOP in terms of how a guilty verdict will impact this election.

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