“Judge Aileen Cannon Plays a Dangerous Game” with Trump’s False FBI Claims, Says Former Prosecutor


Judge Aileen Cannon is playing a dangerous game by allowing Donald Trump to make false statements about the FBI, a former prosecutor has said.

Joyce Vance, who served as a U.S. Attorney under former President Barack Obama, warned that a Trump supporter could injure an FBI agent after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee falsely said that the agency was instructed to use lethal force against him during a raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Cannon, a Trump appointee, is overseeing the Mar-a-Lago case, in which special counsel Jack Smith accuses the former president of illegally retaining classified documents, hoarding them at his Mar-a-Lago resort, and obstructing attempts by federal officials to retrieve them.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He has denied any wrongdoing in the case and has said the documents he retained were personal. Smith has filed a motion in court seeking to amend Trump’s bail conditions so that the Republican can no longer be permitted to make false statements about the FBI.

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