Florida DistricJudge Aileen Cannon has struck down some motions proposed by special prosecutor Jack Smith and made a shocking allegation.
“The Special Counsel’s motion for leave to file under seal [ECF No. 95] is DENIED. The Clerk is directed to STRIKE from the docket sealed entries 95 and 96. Waltine Nauta shall file a response to the Motion for a Garcia hearing [ECF No. 97] on or before August 17, 2023. Among other topics as raised in the Motion, the response shall address the legal propriety of using an out-of-district grand jury proceeding to continue to investigate and/or to seek post-indictment hearings on matters pertinent to the instant indicted matter in this district. The Special Counsel shall respond to that discussion in a Reply in Support of the Motion [ECF No. 97], due on or before August 22, 2023. The remaining Defendants may, but are not required to, file briefs of their own related to the grand jury issue referenced herein, but any such briefs are due by August 17, 2023, and may be submitted in combined or individual fashion,” Cannon wrote.
Judge CANNON comes out swinging at special counsel this morning, striking two of prosecutors’ sealed filings and demanding an explanation of “the legal propriety of using an out-of-district grand jury proceeding to continue to investigate” the docs case https://t.co/jawTpEvPWq pic.twitter.com/OciEt2vJql
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) August 7, 2023
In other words, Judge Cannon has alleged Jack Smith used an “out of district” grand jury to investigate the classified documents case. She has denied the motion to file that under a seal.
NEW: Judge Cannon reveals Jack Smith is using an “out of district” grand jury to investigate the docs case. Special counsel filed that under seal to preserve grand jury secrecy. She’s denied that.
I assume “out of district” means outside the Southern District of Florida. pic.twitter.com/TbT91H4D1N
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) August 7, 2023
We are going to find out whatever took place because the motion to seal what took place has been denied.