The Justice Department has asked for a protective order to limit former President Donald Trump’s public comments on the topic in the most recent legal developments surrounding the alleged election interference case against him. This comes after a federal judge in charge of the criminal investigation against Trump published an internet article suggesting that anyone who testifies against him may face reprisals.
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In the case involving Justice Tanya Chutkan, who is in charge of the criminal proceedings against Trump in Washington, prosecutors petitioned the U.S. District Court on Friday to grant a protection order.
The order, separate from a gag order, would limit what Trump and his legal team, led by attorney Jack Smith, can publicly share about the case brought against them.
Chutkan has granted Trump’s legal team until Saturday evening to respond to the government’s request. The legal team, despite pledging prompt cooperation with prosecutors, is considering slowing down the proceedings, requesting an extension of the response deadline until Thursday to adequately prepare their defense.
Protective orders in criminal cases are standard, but prosecutors argue that it is “particularly crucial” in this case, given Trump’s history of posting about witnesses, judges, lawyers, and others involved in pending legal matters on social media.
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A “sufficient” amount of evidence, “most of which is sensitive and confidential,” is ready to be given to Trump’s legal team by the prosecution. But they cautioned the judge that any remarks made by Trump disparaging grand jury testimony or other Justice Department-provided information might have a “damaging effect on witnesses or the impartial administration of justice in this case.”
With the proposed protective order, Trump and his attorneys would be forbidden from revealing information obtained from the government to anybody but their own legal team, possible witnesses, witnesses’ attorneys, and any other parties permitted by the court. It would place stringent restrictions on “sensitive materials,” which might include materials retrieved through sealed search warrants and grand jury evidence.
An official for Trump responded to the government’s request for the protective order by claiming that his post was a “definition of political speech” and that it was issued in retaliation against “dishonest special interest groups and super PACs.”
Trump must meet the Monday deadline set by the government, as confirmed by Chutkan’s prompt denial of the extension request last Saturday.
While his legal team questions the need for accelerated procedures, the allegations against Trump include an alleged conspiracy with his supporters to spread rumors and devise strategies to overturn Biden’s election triumph.
The first criminal prosecution against Trump has been brought in the tumultuous weeks between the election and the violent events that took place at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Trump is anticipated to be charged in March in a separate case launched by the Manhattan District Attorney about the alleged “hush-money” payments made during the 2016 campaign. The district attorney has accused Trump of 34 financial irregularities.
The situation is being keenly watched by the public, and Trump’s political future is in jeopardy as he continues to be a front-runner in the Republican primary for president in 2024.
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Trump asserted that the prosecution was a “persecution” meant to harm his bid for the presidency in 2024. His legal team referred to it as an assault on his right to free speech as well as a challenge to his ability to contest the election, which they feel was rigged.
Smith has asked for a “speedy trial” in the matter involving Trump’s election. Judge Chutkan required the government to provide a succinct summary and suggested trial date by this Thursday. On August 28, there will be the first court appearance.
A decision on charges in Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ inquiry into the state’s interference in the 2020 election is about to be made. Roads near the courthouse will be closed next week, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
Trump extended his attack against Smith on Friday night when speaking at the Alabama Republican Party’s annual dinner. He referred to Smith as a “disgraced, sick person” and accused both federal and local prosecutors of “election interference” without giving any proof.
The corrupt Biden DOJ may have brought several of these baseless accusations against me more than two and a half years ago, according to Trump. However, they waited until I was no longer a significant political force in the elections.
Prior to his appearance, the Trump campaign unveiled a new commercial titled “Fraud Squad,” which painted Smith, Willis, and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in a poor light. The advertisement is anticipated to run across the country, including in Washington, Atlanta, and New York, claims a Trump associate.
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