On Sunday, May 26, 2024, Newsweek reported that Special Counsel Jack Smith had filed a motion asking Judge Aileen Cannon to bar former President Donald Trump from commenting further on the ongoing FBI investigation into his handling of classified documents.

Smith’s motion came in response to statements Trump had made in a campaign email and on his Truth Social platform claiming that FBI agents who searched his Mar-a-Lago estate in August 2022 were “authorized to shoot” him and were “itching to do the unthinkable.” If granted, the gag order would prevent Trump from making additional public statements about law enforcement actions related to the criminal case against him.

The Newsweek article suggested Smith may have intentionally “laid a trap” for Judge Cannon with this motion. Several experts quoted in the piece believed Smith was provoking Cannon into denying the gag order request, which could then provide grounds for the motion to be appealed to the 11th Circuit Court and potentially lead to Cannon’s removal from the case due to perceptions of bias in favor of Trump.

Cannon has faced mounting criticism for prior decisions seen as benefiting Trump, such as postponing the trial’s start while other disputes are settled. Her fairness has been repeatedly called into question. If she declines to restrict Trump’s commentary after previously citing an obligation to ensure judicial integrity, it could show the judge’s partiality, according to experts in the report.



Source: Newsweek