Judge Just Handed Trump Sudden Unexpected WIN

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U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon of Florida granted the former president Donald Trump a victory on Monday in his lawsuit involving sensitive papers, so limiting the extent of evidence that can be used by the prosecution against him.

The Trump-appointed judge delivered a major setback to special counsel Jack Smith when he decided that Department of Justice representatives could not bring up a private meeting in which the president allegedly boasted about having obtained a very sensitive military map during his tenure in the White House. The ruling was dubbed “more of a swipe” at Smith by the New York Times. Smith will now have to expunge the admission from the initial 53-page indictment.

Prosecutors claim that during a meeting at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey in August or September of 2021, Trump presented a representative of his political action committee a map that depicted active military activities. The presentation was “widely believed,” according to The Times, to be given to Susan Wiles, a senior adviser to Trump’s 2024 campaign. Prosecutors said in the original indictment that the former president’s aide lacked “any need-to-know” security clearance to view the paper, and they claim the former president then informed Wiles that the operation wasn’t going well.

Limiting Smith’s reference to the map makes it more difficult for him to make a convincing case for why President Trump attempted to conceal some thirty-six secret papers from the public throughout his administration. The main thrust of their argument centers on Trump’s reluctance to yield the documents, despite the National Archives of the United States (NARA) requesting them on multiple occasions. However, Judge Cannon has eliminated redactions from evidence indicating that Smith’s office colluded with NARA officials to draft a criminal case without informing Trump’s legal team. Under the Presidential Records Act, President Trump has insisted he is innocent and declassified all of the materials he has.

Trump’s attorneys have dismissed Smith’s allegations as baseless and unnecessary, pointing to the Wiles narrative to paint the federal case in a politically driven light. They claim that in order to prove such a case, Trump must be accused of inappropriately communicating classified material to other parties, which he has not done, according to the Times. In her ruling, Judge Cannon stated that rather than merely listing criminal charges, Smith’s office has assumed additional responsibility by giving a “speaking indictment” that uses dramatic language to recall a case. She stated that the map story’s presentation was “legally unnecessary” and that there could be dangers if a prosecutor decided to incorporate an in-depth narrative explanation of their interpretation of the facts in a charge document.

Furthermore, considering that one of Smith’s deputies had earlier acknowledged that the map had nothing to do with the accusations against Trump, Cannon continued, it was “not appropriate” for Smith to continue with the tale. During the hearing, the deputy, Jay I. Bratt, stated that the story was kept to show the jury the President Trump’s tendency toward careless actions. He also highlighted a federal statute that permits juries to be informed of “bad acts” committed by a defendant that are not directly connected to the charges against them. As per Judge Cannon’s decision, prosecutors will have to ask her approval before presenting the tale of Trump’s meeting with Wiles at trial—which is highly unlikely to happen before Election Day.





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