Arguments over Trump’s gag order in D.C. election case to be heard in court

         

Summary: Federal prosecutors will argue for a partial gag order on former President Donald Trump in his criminal election interference case in Washington, D.C., fearing that his out-of-court statements could prejudice the trial. However, defense attorneys claim that the proposed gag order is an infringement on Trump’s First Amendment rights and will hinder his 2024 presidential campaign. Trump himself has criticized the prosecutors’ request, accusing them of trying to silence him. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET in U.S. District Court.

Federal prosecutors are going to court to seek a partial gag order on former President Donald Trump, aiming to prevent him from making statements that could prejudice his criminal election interference case in Washington, D.C. Defense attorneys, on the other hand, will argue that such restrictions would violate Trump’s First Amendment rights and hinder his upcoming presidential campaign in 2024.

Trump has been vocal in his opposition to the prosecutors’ request, claiming that they are attempting to silence him. In a recent social media post, he criticized U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is assigned to the case, labeling her as a ‘highly partisan Obama appointed Judge.’

The hearing regarding the gag order will take place at 10 a.m. ET in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The prosecutors argue that Trump’s social media posts targeting Chutkan, the prosecutors, the court, the jury pool, and potential witnesses are undermining the integrity of the case and could potentially prejudice the jury pool.

This is not the first occasion where a gag order has been imposed on Trump. Earlier this month, in his civil business fraud case in Manhattan, the judge prohibited parties from making public statements about Trump’s staff after he attacked the judge’s law clerk in a social media post. Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges in the four-count indictment, which is part of the four separate criminal cases against him as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination.

Tags: Donald Trump, gag order, election interference, First Amendment rights, Washington D.C., criminal case, presidential campaign, social media, U.S. District Court, prosecutors

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