Former White House counsel Ty Cobb said Monday he believes U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has “no intention” of letting the classified documents case play out in Florida before the election presidential election of 2024.
In an interview on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” Trump’s former White House legal chief criticized the judge overseeing one of two cases brought by special prosecutor Jack Smith, whose team indicted former president of 37 criminal charges related to his alleged voluntary retention. national defense information, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
“I think this judge has no intention of allowing this case to go to trial before the election and, in any event, I think his decision last week was a clear error, as Jack Smith said. pointed out in the motion for reconsideration,” Cobb said. .
Last week, Smith appealed Cannon’s ruling that would allow Trump’s legal team to publicly disclose the identities of witnesses and their testimony in court, potentially exposing them to harassment.
The Justice Department argued in a motion to reconsider that Cannon erred in his legal reasoning by allowing Trump’s legal team to do so, a move they say risks exposing about 20 witnesses to harassment, to the extent that it does not require redaction.
Cobb didn’t know how Cannon would proceed, but said he wouldn’t be surprised if Smith’s team called for her removal if she didn’t reconsider.
“I think if she doesn’t reconsider or if she reconsiders and stays the course on this decision, the special prosecutor will mandate it and the 11th Circuit will quickly reverse it and maybe even withdraw it,” he said.
“Certainly, if it grants access to classified documents that the government does not deem appropriate under the Classified Procedures Act, the government has the right to make an interlocutory appeal to go directly to the 11th Circuit and request remedy in this regard and also likely to request its withdrawal.
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