Adam Pollock Accuses Judge Aileen Cannon of Bias in Favor of Trump, Points to Jack Smith’s Compliance

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Adam Pollock, a former Assistant Attorney General for New York, has raised concerns about U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon’s handling of a case involving Donald Trump, suggesting that she may be unduly influencing the proceedings in favor of the former president. In a conversation with Alex Witt on MSNBC, Pollock delved into the implications of a recent request made by Judge Cannon for jury instructions, a move that legal experts have criticized as a misrepresentation of both the law and the facts of the case.

According to Pollock, Special Counsel Jack Smith is expected to comply with the judge’s directive by Monday, following which he will receive further instructions from the court regarding the jury. This step is crucial as it provides Smith with an order that could potentially be appealed before the case even proceeds to trial.

Pollock pointed out the unusual nature of this sequence of events, emphasizing that it appears to preemptively challenge the merits of the case before the trial has been scheduled, indicating a bias on the part of Judge Cannon against the prosecution.

Judge Cannon, who was appointed to the bench by Trump and is associated with the conservative Federalist Society, has previously made decisions in Trump’s favor that have been met with significant backlash. Notably, her ruling to temporarily halt the FBI’s review of classified documents found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was overturned by an appeals court, which stated she did not have the authority to appoint a special master for the review, reported Reuters.

“So, is there anything that Jack Smith can do to get this case moving along?” Witt wondered. “He has successfully appealed prior orders from this judge to the appellate court, and the appellate court has, on multiple occasions, reversed this judge,” Pollock replied. “I would expect that if there is an order on these jury instructions, as she’s already signaling she is likely to order, that he’ll go right back to the appellate court.”

Her initial decision had come under fire from various quarters, including William Barr, who served as Attorney General under Trump. The controversy stems from the federal raid on Mar-a-Lago, which resulted in the discovery of classified materials, leading to charges against Trump for the illegal retention of classified documents and obstruction of justice.

Pollock’s critique of Judge Cannon’s actions highlights the complexities and potential biases within the legal system, especially in cases involving high-profile figures like Trump. The situation underscores the challenges faced by the judiciary in maintaining impartiality and the importance of appellate courts in reviewing controversial decisions.

As the case unfolds, the legal strategies employed by both sides and the subsequent rulings by higher courts will be closely watched, not only for their immediate impact on Trump but also for their broader implications for the rule of law and judicial integrity in the United States.

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