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Judge Aileen Cannon and the Trump criminal case, explained

By Price St. Clair

14 Jun 2023 · 4 min read

informed Summary

  1. Judge Aileen Cannon was assigned to preside over the new federal criminal case against former President Donald Trump, leading to calls for her recusal due to perceived partiality.

Almost as soon as Judge Aileen Cannon was assigned to preside over the new federal criminal case against former President Donald Trump, some liberal legal commentators began urging her to recuse herself due to her perceived partiality.

Appointed to the federal bench in 2020 by Trump—who was arraigned Tuesday on charges connected to his alleged unlawful retention of classified national security documents—Cannon has faced criticism for her rulings in a related civil case last year.

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