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‘DISAPPOINTED’: Jack Smith Gets RIPPED By Judge Aileen Cannon

‘DISAPPOINTED’: Jack Smith Gets RIPPED By Judge Aileen Cannon

Special counsel Jack Smith finds himself under intense scrutiny from U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in the case surrounding former President Donald Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents. Judge Cannon, appointed by Trump, expressed her concerns over Smith’s handling of sealed materials in a fiery directive.

Smith, who is spearheading the prosecution against Trump in the case, is at odds with Cannon over his request to keep certain information under wraps. Cannon’s criticisms came to light following Sunday’s court filing, where she relayed her reservations about Smith’s approach to maintaining secrecy over grand jury proceedings and witness protections.

“The Court deems it necessary to express concern over the Special Counsel’s treatment of certain sealed materials in this case,” Cannon stated. Central to the controversy is the Special Counsel’s request for redactions in the public filings, aimed at protecting sensitive details and safeguarding the interests of the justice system. However, Cannon’s recent rulings have pushed back against these requests.

“In response to those inquiries, counsel explained that the Special Counsel took the position on unsealing in order to publicly and transparently refute defense allegations of prosecutorial misconduct raised. In addition, subject to further unsealing as becomes necessary, this Order marks the resolution of the limited disclosure issues transferred to this Court by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,” the filing stated. “The Court also notes that the Superseding Indictment contains numerous quotes from grand jury testimony, the balance of which the Special Counsel continues to maintain require sealing.”

“Fair enough. But nowhere in that explanation is there any basis to conclude that the Special Counsel could not have defended the integrity of his Office while simultaneously preserving the witness-safety and Rule6(e) concerns he has repeatedly told the Court, and maintains to this day, are of serious consequence, and which the Court has endeavored with diligence to accommodate in its multiple Orders on sealing/redaction,” Cannon wrote.

Special Counsel Smith who initially supported the unsealing of documents, is now requesting that Judge Cannon keep these details confidential. Previously, both Smith and the defense agreed to disclose the documents publicly to counteract allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in pretrial motions. However, Smith’s recent reversal has not only confused observers but also visibly frustrated Judge Cannon. This change in position contributes to the complexities surrounding the case.

“The Court is disappointed in these developments. The sealing and redaction rules should be applied consistently and fairly upon a sufficient factual and legal showing. And parties should not make requests that undermine any prior representations or positions except upon full disclosure to the Court and appropriate briefing.”

Republicans have accused Smith, District Attorney Bragg, and other legal opponents of Trump of doubting their ability to defeat him electorally. Instead, they claim those on the Left aim to secure a victory in court as an attempt to interfere with the electoral process in November. The case involves 40 felony counts against the 2024 frontrunner.


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