Former President Trump expressed admiration for the judge overseeing his case involving classified documents, while his legal team seeks a delay in his trial in Florida.
In a recent interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Trump was asked about the possibility of the judge granting their motion for a continuance. Trump responded by saying he was unsure but praised the judge, Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by him and previously presided over his challenge to the FBI search of his Florida home.
Trump spoke highly of Judge Cannon, describing her as highly respected, intelligent, and strong. He also emphasized the importance of having judges who love the country and make decisions that align with its best interests.
Judge Aileen Cannon was confirmed as a district judge in the Southern District of Florida in November 2020 with bipartisan support. Her rulings significantly impacted the Department of Justice’s investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents after leaving the White House. For example, she barred prosecutors from using the seized documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. However, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals later overturned her decisions and allowed the DOJ to use the documents, effectively ending the special master process.
Last month, Trump pleaded not guilty to charges involving 37 counts, following an indictment by the DOJ. The charges alleged that he violated the Espionage Act and obstructed justice by retaining classified records from his presidency and refusing to return them.