Bush Appointee Tried to Bully Judge Cannon Off the Trump Documents Case

by William Upton, The National Pulse:


Two fellow federal District Court judges attempted to push Judge Aileen Cannon to hand off the classified documents prosecution of former President Donald J. Trump to another judge in Miami, Florida. One of the judges involved in the intimidation effort was the Southern District of Florida chief judge, Cecilia M. Altonaga, who was appointed to the bench by former President George W. Bush.

Judge Altonaga’s husband, attorney George Mencio, has made extensive contributions to the Bush family’s political operations—suggesting the couple have a more Republican establishment-aligned and anti-Trump mentality. The other judge mentioned in a report on the matter by The New York Times was not identified by name.

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The campaign to encourage Judge Cannon to hand off the case began when the unidentified District Court judge called her regarding concerns about the security of the classified documents. At the time, Judge Cannon’s Fort Pierce courthouse lacked a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), which is required to review classified materials. However, the courthouse was subsequently outfitted with a secured space.

After the unidentified judge made the initial attempt, the effort to push out Judge Cannon escalated to the District Court’s chief judge. In an extraordinary move, Judge Altonaga called Cannon and is said to have informed her that overseeing the case would be bad optics for the court. She allegedly noted Judge Cannon’s intervention during the initial investigation and appointment of a special master to review the documents and determine if executive privilege applied to them was a problem from her view.


The nearly unprecedented attempt to intervene in the Biden DOJ special counsel Jack Smith‘s prosecution of the former President appears to add further credence to Trump‘s interference claims. Judge Cannon has been a harsh critic of Smith’s aggressive tactics, noting he has—on several occasions—engaged in ethically and legally dubious behavior.

On numerous occasions, the judge has taken Smith to task for his unprofessionalism and arrogance. Meanwhile, in May, Judge Cannon indefinitely suspended the trial date after Smith acknowledged that investigators may have tampered with and mishandled some classified materials by adding cover sheets, among other actions.

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