Cannon Ruling Could Actually Help Trump in the Long Run

By Jerry McConway, updated on March 15, 2024

Reports are blowing up all over the place today regarding one of Trump’s motions before Judge Aileen Cannon being denied.

While this was a loss today, many in the media are overlooking a key point of the ruling that could help Trump in the long run, so much so that it could impact the election to help Trump defeat Joe Biden.

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- Judge rules in case dismissal
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Judge Rules Against Motion to Dismiss

All the mainstream media can concentrate on right now is that Judge Aileen Cannon ruled against Donald Trump’s motion to dismiss. Trump’s attorneys actually filed two motions, but Cannon dismissed only the ruling regarding the Espionage Act being unconstitutionally vague to dismiss the case. We are still waiting to hear how she rules on the second motion.

Cannon stated that the motion warranted “serious consideration,” but she still ruled against Trump. What she also did, however, was all but outright tell the defense to make a better argument so that the motion could be filed again.

Ruling Could Help Trump

Listening to legal experts, they were stunned that Cannon had even allowed a full day of hearings to cover these motions. The general feeling is that she is purposely allowing this to drag out to allow Trump to push back the hearings beyond the election, but that is a pretty big leap.

Having been Trump-appointed, she is quite aware that every judgment she makes will be over-scrutinized, and I highly doubt she would put the rest of her career on the line to purposely manipulate this case in Trump’s favor, although that is precisely what the media will present here.

Over and above those allegations, the fact that Cannon encouraged the defense to represent its argument is arguably the worst possible outcome for Jack Smith, and I am far from alone in that conclusion.

Former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann looked at Cannon’s ruling and stated:

“She also did not want to rule in favor of the government, so what she did is, said, ‘You know what, why don’t you bring this up later? I think there’s some real issues here,’ so she sort of flagged that.”

He then continued:

“So this is the worst possible decision for the government. By kicking it down the road and saying, ‘I may still decide in Donald Trump’s favor later,’ she has sort of avoided the Damocles of the 11th Circuit, but she has not given the government what they clearly deserve because there is nothing vague about this statute. People are in jail all over […] for violating this statute.”


Every time a new motion is filed, Donald Trump is able to push this case back further and further. There will eventually be a point of no return when they pass a date that will be too close to the election, and the DOJ would likely back off the cases until after the election. While Trump’s legal team has failed him in the civil lawsuits, the teams handling these federal indictment cases have been masterful at getting each trial delayed.

As I have stated before, Trump loses significant support if he is convicted of a felony, so every delay is a big win for Trump and a huge loss for Special Counsel Jack Smith, Fani Willis, and Alvin Bragg. Trump is playing the long game, and if he can stretch this out just a bit longer, he may succeed in doing what I thought was completely impossible at the beginning of this year: avoiding a single case coming to a conclusion before election day. For Trump to defeat Biden, he will need to hold the swing state leads he currently has in polling. If he does that, this election could be a landslide in his favor.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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