Cannon reminds Trump to redact witness names as former president faces gag hearing in different venue

Background: Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump attends a news conference with Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., Friday, April 12, 2024, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)/ Aileen M. Cannon speaks remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight nomination hearing to be U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on July 29, 2020, in Washington. (U.S. Senate via AP)

Background: Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump attends a news conference with Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, R-La., Friday, April 12, 2024, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)/ Aileen M. Cannon speaks remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight nomination hearing to be U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on July 29, 2020, in Washington. (U.S. Senate via AP)

The judge in the Mar-a-Lago case on Monday mostly ruled in favor of the special counsel by upholding Donald Trump’s Espionage Act indictment, she but still struck one “prejudicial” paragraph that alleged the former president showed off a “classified map,” and she expressed “concerns” about Jack Smith’s approach in the case of “significant public interest.” To top it all off, the defense immediately filed another motion to dismiss the case but on separate grounds, this time claiming the “prosecution team destroyed exculpatory evidence.”

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, in sum and substance declined to throw out the indictment against Trump, his valet Walt Nauta, and Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos De Oliveira, even though the defense collectively argued that the charging document was deficient enough to warrant dismissal.

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