Cannon’s ruling, in a lawsuit Trump brought against the Justice Department, elicited criticism from legal experts who saw her as overly preferential to the former president. He said he was impressed with her credentials and felt confident she would be able to oversee the case fairly. “I think she is going to want to be very well-regarded for her judicial leadership of this case,” Coffey said. “I think she understands that’s what a federal judge has to do in a case like this. Her ruling in the Trump lawsuit last September catapulted her into the spotlight since it effectively halted core aspects of the Justice Department’s investigation into the hoarding of classified documents.