Donald Trump is under a gag order once again after a federal judge reinstated a previous order she had placed a temporary hold on so the former president could file an appeal.
“U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued an order Sunday evening via the court’s online docket, rejecting Trump’s request to set the limits on his public statements aside while he pursues the appeal he’s already filed,” Politico reported. “Details of Chutkan’s ruling were not immediately available due to an outage of the court’s system that makes filings and rulings available to the public.”
Trump took to his social media platform Truth Social to acknowledge the latest development, with the leading 2024 Republican presidential candidate insisting it is unconstitutional.
“The Corrupt Biden Administration just took away my First Amendment Right To Free Speech. NOT CONSTITUTIONAL! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN….” he wrote.
In a longer reply, Trump accused the judge of being biased and said she should have recused herself from the case.
“I have just learned that the very Biased, Trump Hating Judge in D.C., who should have RECUSED herself due to her blatant and open loathing of your favorite President, ME, has reimposed a GAG ORDER which will put me at a disadvantage against my prosecutorial and political opponents,” he wrote.
“This order, according to many legal scholars, is unthinkable! It illegally and unconstitutionally takes away my First Amendment Right of Free Speech, in the middle of my campaign for President, where I am leading against BOTH Parties in the Polls,” Trump continued. “Few can believe this is happening, but I will appeal. How can they tell the leading candidate that he, and only he, is seriously restricted from campaigning in a free and open manner? It will not stand!”
Judge 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,” according to CNBC. 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.
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.
According to a court filing last week in the U.S. District Court in Washington, Smith claimed 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 court filing.
Tom Fitton, president of the watchdog group Judicial Watch, tweeted in response to the gag order being reinstated that the “Biden regime” requested it: “Judge Chutkan lifted the stay on her unprecedented and anti-constitutional “gag” order of Trump — enacted at the request of the Biden regime.”
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