Judge Aileen Cannon blasted for berating Trump's pro-gag order prosecutors in classified documents case

Judge Aileen Cannon labeled 'incompetent' for rebuking prosecutors seeking Trump's gag order in classified documents case
Judge Aileen Cannon ordered for maintaining 'decorum' in court while hearing arguments for a gag order in Donald Trump's classified documents case (Wikimedia Commons, Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC: During a heated exchange on Monday, federal Judge Aileen Cannon presiding over the classified documents case involving former President Donald Trump sharply criticized prosecutors regarding their request for a gag order.

In less than twenty minutes, prosecutor David Harbach faced two reprimands for his argument that Cannon needed to preserve the privacy of law enforcement personnel connected to the Espionage Act breaches case.

Judge Aileen Cannon snaps at prosecution requesting gag order in Donald Trump's classified documents case

When Judge Cannon pressed the prosecution to link remarks made by the former president of the United States to threats made by others against law enforcement, Harbach became agitated.

“I don’t appreciate your tone," the judge reportedly told Harbach according to CNN. She added that she would “appreciate decorum at all times."

US District Judge Aileen Cannon (judiciary.senate.gov,
Judge Aileen Cannon demanded decorum in court by reprimanding agitated prosecutor David Harbach (judiciary.senate.gov)

“If you aren’t able to do that, I’m sure one of your colleagues can take up arguing this motion," she added.

Harbach later apologized to Judge Cannon for being “unprofessional.” “I just want to apologize about earlier,” Harbach said. “I didn’t mean to be unprofessional. I’m sorry about that.”

Earlier on Monday, amid another heated discussion regarding case law, Cannon chastised Habach's colleague James Pearce from special counsel Jack Smith's office.

"Don't interrupt me," Judge Cannon snapped at Pearce.

Donald Trump's free speech is 'beyond irresponsible,' submits prosecutor David Harbach

Trump's speech should be restricted because it "endangers the safety of others in the community," prosecutor David Harbach submitted to the court.

Following Trump's allegations that the FBI was searching him to kill him, the prosecution has requested a gag order in the case, citing the Attorney General's statement that a normal procedure is followed throughout every search.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 22: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Policy Conference at the Washington Hilton on June 22, 2024 in Washington, DC. The conservative Christian group is hosting a series of congressional members and political candidates to speak on the upcoming 2024 elections. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
Donald Trump's speech should be restricted because it 'endangers the safety of others in the community,' prosecutor David Harbach submitted to the court (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Notably, the searches were conducted on a day when Trump was not at his Mar-a-Lago resort, according to the investigation agencies.

Harbach stated that Trump's remarks are "beyond irresponsible" and that "the government is at a loss to conceive why Mr. Trump would say something so false, so inconceivable, or inviting of violence."

"Where do you see a call for violence? Cannon questioned.

In response, Harbach said that Trump's previous remarks and postings "ultimately result in all types of terrible things," such as threats against or abuse of police officers.

Notably, the trial in the case was indefinitely postponed by Judge Cannon and is unlikely to be brought any sooner.

Internet reacts to Judge Aileen Cannons reprimanding Donald Trump's gag order-seeking prosecution 

Judge Cannon asked prosecutors if they wanted to provide further proof of the former president's statements that amounted to threats on Monday.

She gave prosecutors until Wednesday to choose whether or not to give her further material in the record about the gag order issue.

"We need cameras in courtroom. She’s incompetent and thinks she can do whatever she wants," wrote a user on X (formerly Twitter).

"Well sister once again the appeals conservative court will overturn you again . Maybe go back to your country Columbia you traitor," the user added. 

"Hey Judge Aileen Cannon - You are making a mockery of the judicial system. Your job title should be Trump-puppet Jester Aileen Cannon," wrote another. 

"They need a change of venue," wrote one more. "One thing about Florida... there's no shortage of sand for a judge to bury their head in," jibed another. 

"She so hostile to the prosecution.. always," noted one. "Crooked Cannon, the Cannon who can’t shoot straight," added one more.






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