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Aileen Cannon hands Donald Trump a major legitimacy boost: lawyer


District Judge Aileen Cannon has given former President Donald Trump new momentum in his secret documents case, a former U.S. attorney said.

Cannon, who was nominated and appointed by the 45th president during his term in office and who is presiding over Trump’s classified documents case, is offering the former president a public platform through public hearings.

Cannon’s decision has drawn intense criticism, including from former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, who has argued that providing such a platform serves to validate Trump’s narrative of political persecution by President Joe Biden and others.

Trump’s repeated claims that he was unfairly targeted by political opponents, especially regarding investigations into his conduct while in office, have been a consistent theme throughout his presidency and beyond.

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Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, on Saturday, May 11, 2023. A former U.S. attorney has accused District Judge Aileen Cannon of giving Trump a “public platform to express his…

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Vance, a former U.S. attorney in Alabama appointed by former President Barack Obama, said Cannon’s decision gives Trump a platform to legitimize his claims that he is the victim of a political witch hunt.

In her Substack newsletter titled Mar-a-No-GoVance said: “By holding hearings on these motions, Judge Cannon is also giving Trump a public platform to legitimize his baseless accusations that the prosecution is a politically motivated witch hunt taking place under the leadership of Joe Biden.

“There is no support for any of this – Trump not only kept classified information he had no right to know and carelessly distributed it in bathrooms and ballrooms at Mar-a-Lago, he also obstructed the administration’s efforts to getting back. as well as the criminal investigation, in a way that clarifies his intent to break the law.”

Vance continued, “Judge Cannon will give legitimacy to the arguments by holding hearings, and since there are no cameras in her courtroom, Trump will be free to say whatever he wants when he’s out there.”

The move comes against a backdrop of heightened political polarization, with Trump’s base remaining fiercely loyal to him while critics continue to condemn his actions and rhetoric.

Cannon’s decision to give Trump a platform to repeat his claims of persecution is likely to deepen divisions and further fuel debates, especially since Cannon recently postponed Trump’s case over classified documents in Florida indefinitely.

Trump faces multiple felony charges accusing him of illegally storing classified documents that he took to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, after leaving the White House in 2021.

He is further accused of obstructing government efforts to recover the documents. Trump has denied wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Newsweek has contacted Vance and Trump representatives via email for further comment.