FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Judged Assigned To Trump Case At His Rally?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on social media purportedly shows the judge presiding over former President Donald Trump’s federal documents case attending a Trump rally.

Verdict: False

This caption is inaccurate. The image does not show the judge.

Fact Check:

Trump appointed U.S. District Court Judge Aileen M. Cannon was assigned to preside over the former President’s federal case regarding the classified documents that were found in his Mar-a-Lago home, Politico reported. About seven judges were eligible to do so, but a computer program chose Cannon.

The Twitter post claims Cannon, who was assigned to Trump’s case regarding mishandling of classified documents, attended a Trump rally. The image shows two women wearing Trump hats and red, white and blue face paint.

“Explain to me how the woman on the right (Cannon) will not protect trump in court!” the tweet reads. “Here she is at a trump rally.”

The claim is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests the people in this photo are judges involved in Trump’s court case. The misconception may stem from a Slate article on the topic of Trump appointed federal judges. The piece featured this photo with the caption, “Trump rallygoers, or members of the judiciary? It’s hard to say.’”

Slate then updated the piece on Jun. 12 to clarify any confusion that their readers may have come away with. The image was recaptioned and a correction was issued at the bottom of the piece that reads, “It has been updated to reflect the fact that these are not members of the judiciary.”(RELATED: Does Viral Video Show The Nova Kakhovka Dam Being Blown Up?)

This is not the first time a misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene included a “nationwide pornography ban” in the debt ceiling bill.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter