Trump’s New Plan To Thwart His Prosecutors

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( – On Monday, former President Donald Trump’s lawyers asked a federal judge to reject a request by prosecutors to place a gag order on Trump to limit what he can say about those involved in the case surrounding his alleged mishandling of classified documents. 

Trump’s lawyers approached Judge Aileen Cannon of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida to pursue civil contempt filings and impose sanctions on the “government attorneys” involved in the gag order motion filing. 

In the classified documents case, one of four criminal prosecutions the former President faces, prosecutors are bringing 40 felony charges relating to the illegal retention of classified documents. However, Trump has insisted he had the right to retain them. 

On Friday, prosecutors in the case requested Cannon review the former President’s bail conditions and issue a gag order to prevent him from making statements that could endanger law enforcement. 

Special Counsel Jack Smith insisted the request was crucial given Trump’s recent “intentionally false and inflammatory statements” regarding the August 2022 search of his Mar-a-Lago estate. 

In the last week, the former President has claimed, falsely, in his fundraising campaign messaging, that the FBI had received authorization to attempt to assassinate him. 

Smith asserted Trump’s mischaracterization of the search endangers law enforcement officers and that preventing Trump from making such remarks would not restrict legitimate speech. 

However, Trump’s attorneys, Christopher Kise and Todd Blanche asked Cannon to reject the gag order request, suggesting prosecutors acted in “bad faith” when they rushed to file on a Friday evening before the holiday weekend, failing to give the defense team sufficient notice, a violation of local court rules. 

Trump’s legal team has asserted the violation warrants prosecutors being sanctioned, including being required to cover the expenses incurred because of the last-minute filing. 

Trump’s legal team went on to suggest the request by prosecutors would limit Trump’s right to free speech during his election campaign.

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