In the case pertaining to January 6, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled this week in favor of the prosecution and imposed a gag order on the former president.
Trump can’t say anything that “publicly targets” the judge, special counsel Jack Smith, or “any of the other court workers” because of the gag order. The Washington Post reported that Trump is “absolutely banned as well” from making any public remarks about their families:
“Even before the gag order went into effect, Trump’s attorney John Lauro said they were going to appeal such an order, since it would impact key freedom of speech principles, especially for a top contender for president.”
The judge stated that although Trump “may argue how this indictment is politically motivated,” he is not permitted to “incite violence against public employees who are only carrying out their duties” or to denigrate the prosecutor by referring to him as a thug.
“She is additionally prohibiting Trump and everyone involved from making comments regarding witnesses in this case.”
On August 1, Smith charged Trump with four counts in the case.
Trump could go to jail for up to 55 years, and he could even actually be put to death because of one of the charges.
Smith wants the hearing to happen on January 2, 2024, which is less than two weeks prior to the Iowa caucuses as well as during an election year.
When asked about the judge’s ruling, the Trump team said in a statement:
“Today’s decision is a complete abomination and yet another politically motivated knife stuck in the very core of the American democracy by Crooked Joe Biden. He was given the power to silence his political rival, President Donald J. Trump, who is by far the most popular politician in the United States and the frontrunner for the presidential election in 2024. President Trump is determined to uphold our Constitution, the right of the American people to vote for him, and to free our nation from the shackles of targeted and weaponized police enforcement.”