Court watchdogs Free Speech for the People, which was founded as a response to The Citizens United decision allowing unlimited and unaccountable money to wash through and corrupt our political processes, also takes a dim view of sitting Judges that aid and abet threats to our national security.
In a strongly worded letter written to Chief Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga, who presides over Cannon’s U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the group demands that Altonaga remove her from Trump’s trial for the theft of classified files from the U.S. Government – due to her transparent attempts to get Trump off the hook last year:
“A government watchdog warned on Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon’s oversight of the federal case regarding former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents and alleged jeopardizing of national security “undermines public confidence in the courts” due to her previous ruling on the matter last year, and demanded that Cannon be removed from the case unless she recuses herself.
In a letter to Chief Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, on which Cannon also serves, the organization said the judge “demonstrated judicial error and extreme bias” when she ordered the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to halt its investigation into the classified documents that were discovered at the former Republican president’s estate in Florida.“
And why does FSFP believe Cannon exhibited “extreme bias” in her rulings?
Well, I dunno, perhaps she did so when she wrote that the “stigma” of being revealed as an ongoing national security threat would just be too much for the Orangeutan to bear:
“She wrote that ‘as a function of plaintiff’s former position as president of the United States, the stigma associated with the subject seizure is in a league of its own,'” noted Eisen, Painter, and Wertheimer. “She reiterated this position in denying the government’s motion for a partial stay of her order pending appeal, stating that her consideration ‘is inherently impacted by the position formerly held by [Trump].'”
So, let me get this straight.
Trump’s position as a former *Resident of the United States entitles him somehow to not be embarrassed by potentially being convicted of violation of The Espionage Act but should not deter him from stealing state secretes in the first place?
Is that about right, Cannon?
Where did you get your law license from… a box of Fruit Loops?
“FSFP pointed out on Wednesday that a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit unanimously overturned Cannon’s ruling last year, calling it a “radical reordering of our case law limiting federal courts” which, if allowed to stand, would “violate bedrock separation-of-powers limitations.”
“At a minimum, Judge Cannon’s prior history creates an unacceptable risk of an unavoidable appearance of bias in one of the most important proceedings in United States history,” said FSFP. “The public will view Judge Cannon as a biased decision-maker who opposes the prosecution, and who is prepared to enact unorthodox legal measures to favor Trump in court.”
In my opinion Cannon’s attempt to “violate bedrock separation-of-powers limitations” and shut down a Justice Department investigation into what is plainly a violation of Federal Law and ongoing National Security threat should not only cause her to recuse herself in this case but should also result in disbarment.
Here’s hoping Judge Altonaga agrees.