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Judge in Trump case asks lawyers to ‘expedite’ security clearances


Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon issues her first order since her plea – telling lawyers to ‘speed up’ security clearances (though Trump still hasn’t chosen a new lawyer in Florida)

  • Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon issued her first order in former President Donald Trump’s documents case since he was in court on Tuesday
  • On Thursday, she ordered lawyers involved in the case to ‘expedite’ obtaining national security clearances
  • The case involves tons of classified documents, taken by Trump from the White House to his resorts of Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster

Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon on Thursday issued her first order in the case of former President Donald Trump’s classified documents since the ex-president’s day in federal court on Tuesday.

Cannon ordered all attorneys involved in the case to “expedite” obtaining national security clearances.

Trump faces 37 charges related to his mishandling of classified documents, taking the White House documents after leaving office at his Florida home and social club, Mara-a-Lago and his New Jersey golf club, Bedminster.

Since the case involves classified documents, attorneys involved in the case will need clearance to work with the material.

Cannon requested that ‘all registered attorneys and prospective registered attorneys should contact the U.S. Department of Justice’s Litigation Security Group, if they have not already done so, to expedite the necessary clearance process for all team members who should be involved in this case. .’

Judge Aileen Cannon

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump (left) are to begin the process of obtaining a security clearance under an order Thursday from the Trump-appointed judge assigned to the case, Judge Aileen Cannon (in LAW)

She gave attorneys a Friday deadline to contact the DOJ’s Litigation Safety Group – and they must file a notice by Tuesday that they had complied with the court order.

The move signaled that, at least for the time being, Cannon was not dragging out the case.

He also indicated that she has no plans to recuse herself from the case.

Trump’s critics expressed displeasure when she was given the Mar-a-Lago documents case because she has already ruled in favor of the former president.

In September, she granted a request from Trump’s team to assign the case to a “special master,” to sift through documents the FBI found at the former president’s Florida club.

“Based on the plaintiff’s former position as President of the United States, the stigma associated with the seizure in question is in a category of its own,” Cannon said in its ruling last year.

“A future indictment, based in any degree on property that should be returned, would result in reputational damage of a decidedly different order of magnitude,” she added.

An image of some of the classified documents found in Trump's possession during the Mar-a-Lago raid last August

An image of some of the classified documents found in Trump’s possession during the Mar-a-Lago raid last August

That decision was later reprimanded by a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, some of whom were also appointed by Trump.

In the documents case, Trump is represented by Todd Blanche and Christopher Kise.

The ex-president was trying to hire a local Florida attorney to join his legal team ahead of Tuesday’s federal court appearance in Miami, but couldn’t find one in time.

Kise is the former Solicitor General of Florida, who was appointed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who was a Republican at the time. Most recently, Crist was Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Democratic challenger when he ran for re-election in 2022.

Kise was hired in the weeks following the Mar-a-Lago raid last August and was paid $3 million by Trump’s PAC for legal work, Politico reported in September.

Kise is also representing Trump in the Jan. 6 federal investigation, which is also being handled by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

Blanche is a former federal prosecutor who is also representing Trump in the Stormy Daniels secret money case.

Trump was indicted in the case in late March on state charges and now faces federal charges for his mishandling of classified documents.

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