Special counsel Jack Smith has asked a federal judge to reimpose a gag order on Donald Trump in his election interference case in Washington, DC., after accusing the former president of threatening Mark Meadows, who served as his chief of staff.
Citing a court filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, CNBC reported that Smith charged that Trump has “capitalized” on the temporary suspension of his partial gag order to “send an unmistakable and threatening message to a foreseeable witness in this case.”
“In the few days since the administrative stay has been in place, the defendant has returned to the very sort of targeting that the Order prohibits, including attempting to intimidate and influence foreseeable witnesses, and commenting on the substance of their testimony,” Smith’s team wrote in the Wednesday night filing.
Trump took to his social media platform to blast Meadows after ABC News reported that the former Trump aide has been granted immunity to testify to the special counsel’s prosecutors, saying that only “weaklings and cowards” would make such a deal — Meadows reportedly told prosecutors he told Trump repeatedly that his claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election were baseless.
“I don’t think Mark Meadows would lie about the Rigged and Stollen 2020 Presidential Election merely for getting IMMUNITY against Prosecution (PERSECUTION!) by Deranged Prosecutor, Jack Smith,” Trump wrote. “BUT, when you really think about it, after being hounded like a dog for three years, told you’ll be going to jail for the rest of your life, your money and your family will be forever gone, and we’re not at all interested in exposing those that did the RIGGING — If you say BAD THINGS about that terrible “MONSTER,” DONALD J. TRUMP, we won’t put you in prison, you can keep your family and your wealth, and, perhaps, if you can make up some really horrible “STUFF” a out him, we may very well erect a statue of you in the middle of our decaying and now very violent Capital, Washington, D.C.”
“Some people would make that deal, but they are weaklings and cowards, and so bad for the future our Failing Nation,” he continued. “I don’t think that Mark Meadows is one of them, but who really knows?”
Trump followed that post with this: “Mark Meadows NEVER told me that allegations of significant fraud (about the RIGGED Election!) were baseless. He certainly didn’t say that in his book!”
Judge Tanya Chutkan imposed a gag order on Oct. 17, after finding that Trump’s statements about the case posed “grave threats to the integrity of these proceedings,” CNBC reported. The Obama-appointed judge put the order on hold last week to consider Trump’s request for a stay of the order, pending his appeal of the restrictions on his speech.
The gag order would have prohibited Trump from directly targeting Meadows, had it been in place.
Smith’s latest action comes amid a rumor being pushed by Ryan Fournier, founder of Students for Trump, that as Trump’s chief of staff, Meadows “worked for the FBI as an informant and wore a wire to record all conversations” with the former president. Fournier would later recant his claim, saying that after speaking to his sources again “it seems that information was wrong and incorrect.”
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