On Thursday, June 27, 2024, the Daily Caller reported that Rep. Matt Gaetz sent a letter to Chief Judge Cecilia Altonaga of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida regarding potential pressure on Judge Aileen Cannon.

Judge Cannon is presiding over the case involving classified documents found at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. According to a New York Times article, two unnamed judges allegedly tried to convince Judge Cannon to recuse herself from the case.

In his letter, Rep. Gaetz expressed concern over the reported attempts to pressure Judge Cannon, noting that efforts to remove a judge from a case after litigation has begun could be seen as extraordinary. Gaetz posed a series of questions to Chief Judge Altonaga seeking more information and transparency over the situation.

Some of the questions in the letter included whether Chief Judge Altonaga had personally spoken to Judge Cannon about the Trump documents case if there were attempts to reassign the case or have Judge Cannon leave it by other means, and if any leaks to the media about the situation could violate judicial conduct rules.

Rep. Gaetz also asked if the court was investigating leaks to the press and what steps the Southern District of Florida was taking to prevent similar circumstances going forward. While acknowledging the dynamics of collegial courts, Gaetz indicated the reported facts warranted follow-up from Congress.

Chief Judge Altonaga was given until July 5th to respond to the questions in Rep. Gaetz’s letter.



Source: Daily Caller