CNN Attempts to Discredit Judge Presiding Over Trump Trial

Cassandra DeVries | June 12, 2023
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During Monday’s CNN This Morning, host Erica Hill and senior legal analyst Elie Honig attempted to stigmatize and discredit Judge Aileen Cannon, who will preside over former President Trump’s indictment in the classified documents scandal. They doubted her ability to be impartial since Trump appointed her to the federal bench and discussed possible reasons for the Department of Justice to pressure her to recuse herself from the case.

“There is a lot of discussion this morning about the federal judge assigned to oversee this case. It's a name that is familiar to Donald Trump. In fact, he appointed her to that role,” Hill said, beginning the conversation by implying a conflict of interests.

“I suspect Donald Trump's team was delighted when they saw Judge Cannon. I suspect prosecutors less so,” Honig said, confirming Hill’s implications and casting doubt on the Judge’s impartiality. “Now, she's fairly young for a federal judge. She graduated law school in 2007. She's 42 years old. Apparently, I'm older than federal judges now. I don’t know when that happened,” Honig noted and Hill laughed along at his joke about the judge’s youth.