Trump Wants Gag Order Tossed Out

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Last week, former President Donald Trump called for the appeals court to throw away the gag order that has been placed on him arguing that his attacks did not constitute a risk for those in the federal election interference case. He further claimed that the gag order was a result of “speculation” over what actions his followers could potentially take. The gag order was suspended in early November during the appeal process.

According to a recent report from The Hill, the filing came following several different versions of earlier briefs on the gag order, in which Trump has largely continued to claim that the gag order violated his First Amendment rights. He has also pointed out the importance of these rights for someone who was running for office.

Trump’s legal team has also claimed the decision made by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan was founded on “speculation” over what possible reaction Trump’s supporters would have and how they could possibly harass witnesses, court staff, and prosecutors. They say that Trump has made several public statements regarding this case in the three months since he was indicted and that the Department of Justice has failed to show any evidence of harassment caused by those.

In one of the initial motions for the gag order in September, there were mentions of several cases where Trump’s prior comments about the election had resulted in his targets facing threats. Such threats were also made towards two Georgia election workers who had been forced to flee from their homes in order to stay safe. A Pennsylvania election official also received death threats, not only against himself, but also his family.

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