Fact check: False claim that US District Judge Aileen Cannon was fired

The claim: District Judge Aileen Cannon was fired

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has faced public scrutiny for issuing rulings favoring former President Donald Trump in his ongoing legal battle over the federal government search of his Mar-a-Lago estate in August.

A viral Facebook post claims Cannon was recently fired from her position.

"corrupt judge cannon cries out for mercy as she gets fired after account getting (sic)," reads the caption of a Sept. 30 video, which has been viewed more than 60,000 times.

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But the claim is baseless.

The only way to remove a federal judge from office is through a congressional impeachment process, experts said. There's no evidence this process has taken place for Cannon.

The four-minute video included in the post does not provide evidence to support the caption's claim. Rather, it discusses the legal challenges faced by Judge Raymond Dearie, who Cannon appointed as the special master to review the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.

USA TODAY reached out to the social media users who shared the claim for comment.

Cannon remains in office

Cannon was not dismissed from office, Chris Edelson, an assistant government professor at American University, told USA TODAY in an email.

USA TODAY found no credible news reports about Cannon being removed. Her name is still listed on the Southern District of Florida's court website.

District judges receive a lifetime appointment and may only be removed from office through an impeachment process outlined in the Constitution, Edelson said. The House of Representatives can impeach a judge by a majority vote on the articles of impeachment, a written statement of charges against an official.

The Senate then holds a trial and can convict a judge through a two-thirds vote, upon which the judge would be removed from office, according to the Senate's website.

No such congressional action has taken place against Cannon.

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"We can be reasonably assured that Judge Cannon has not been impeached in the last day or so," Frank Bowman, a criminal law expert at the University of Missouri, told USA TODAY.

The impeachment and removal of federal judges is rare. Since 1803, the House of Representatives has only impeached 15 judges, of which the Senate has convicted eight, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

The Southern District of Florida's court did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

PolitiFact debunked similar claims that Cannon was arrested and that she had lost her law license.

Our rating: False

Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that Cannon was fired. The only way to remove a federal judge is through an impeachment process. There is no evidence this process has taken place with Cannon.

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