Partial Gag Order Imposed on Former President Donald Trump
Prosecutors Seek Partial Gag Order Against Donald Trump
The federal judge presiding over Donald Trump’s election interference case has issued a partial gag order against the former president. The order prohibits Trump and all other parties involved from making statements that target prosecutors, court personnel, and potential witnesses in the case. The move comes as prosecutors argue that Trump’s comments pose a threat to witnesses and may influence the jury pool.
Judge’s Ruling a Victory for the Justice Department
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s ruling is considered a partial victory for the Justice Department. The department had sought additional restrictions on Trump’s public statements regarding the federal election interference case. The judge emphasized that the decision was not based on personal preferences but rather the need to preserve the integrity of the justice system. Chutkan stated that Trump’s presidential candidacy does not give him the right to intimidate or vilify public servants.
Defense Attorney Denies Need for Gag Order
Trump’s attorneys strongly opposed the imposition of a gag order, arguing that it was an attempt by the Biden administration to silence Trump, Trump’s chief political rival. John Lauro, Trump’s attorney, accused the Biden administration of censorship and suggested that the trial be postponed until after the election. However, Judge Chutkan rejected this request.
Trump’s Controversial Statements
Since his arraignment, Trump has made several controversial statements about the case. He claimed that the justice system is “rigged” and referred to special counsel Smith as “deranged.” Trump also attacked potential witnesses, including his former vice president, Mike Pence, and his former attorney general, Bill Barr. These statements prompted the government to seek a partial gag order to prevent further intimidation and prejudice.
Comparison to Previous Case
This is not the first time Judge Chutkan has imposed a partial gag order. In a previous high-profile prosecution involving the unregistered Russian agent Maria Butina, Chutkan implemented similar restrictions. Legal experts note that this case presents unique challenges, as it remains unclear whether Trump will comply with the order and what consequences he may face if he crosses the line.
Existing Gag Order in New York City Trial
Trump is already subject to a form of gag order in an ongoing civil fraud trial in New York City. The judge in that case reprimanded Trump for baseless accusations against the judge’s law clerk and for posting her photo online.
Read More of this Story at www.npr.org – 2023-10-16 16:52:00
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