Federal Judge Who Previously Ruled in Trump’s Favor Assigned to New Criminal Case in FL

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U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a federal judge who was appointed by former President Donald Trump in 2020, has been assigned to his new criminal case.  Cannon previously ruled in Trump’s favor in the case involving records seized by the FBI from his Mar-a-Lago home last year.  The new criminal case was lodged in federal court in southern Florida where Cannon was randomly assigned out of 26 judges who operate in the southern district.  If prosecutors reasonably believe Cannon cannot be fair, under federal law they could file an affidavit requesting that she recuse herself from the case due to personal bias.  She must step down is she finds the affidavit is “sufficient.”  Also, if parties or the public argue that her “impartiality might reasonably be questioned,” she must step down.