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Tom of Temecula

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Sat Mar 2, 2024, 10:16 AM Mar 2

Andrew Weissmann: Judge Cannon went somewhere in Trump hearing that was 'none of her business' [View all]

The federal judge overseeing Trump's classified documents case appeared to chart way off course in her court deliberations while determining a trial start date.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann pointed to a moment in Friday's hearing in Fort Pierce, Florida where U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, a former prosecutor before Donald Trump elevated her to the bench, decided to talk about the so-called "60-day" rule. That rule is the Department of Justice's policy to avoid bringing actions that might affect an upcoming election.

"I was surprised she even brought up the DOJ internal rule because the internal rules of the department don't in any way give rights to the defense, they are not enforceable in any court, they are just internal guides to the department. That's something that the judge knows well having worked as a prosecutor. So it really was none of her business to raise that.".

Prosecutor Jay Bratt, who is part of Special Counsel Jack Smith's team, made clear that the policy Cannon queried doesn't apply to cases where there has already been an indictment or is in the process of being litigated.


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