Trump Appeals Gag Order in Election Interference Case


Summary: Former President Donald Trump’s legal team is appealing a narrow gag order imposed on him in his federal election interference case.

Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers have announced that they are appealing a gag order imposed by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in his federal 2020 election interference case. The order bars Trump from making statements targeting prosecutors, potential witnesses, and court staff. Special counsel Jack Smith’s team sought the order due to Trump’s verbal attacks on likely witnesses and others. Trump has vowed to appeal the ruling, claiming it is unconstitutional. While Chutkan stated that Trump can criticize the Justice Department generally and assert his belief in the case’s political motivation, she emphasized that he cannot engage in a ‘smear campaign’ against prosecutors and court personnel. Legal experts predict that this fight over the limits of a defendant’s speech, especially one campaigning for public office, is just beginning. The case, accusing Trump of scheming to subvert the election results, is scheduled to go to trial in March.

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