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 October 17, 2023

Judge issues gag order limiting Trump from speaking about judge, prosecutor in Washington case

Former President Donald Trump was hit with a gag order from U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan to stop him from criticizing leaders in his Washington case.

The Monday order seeks to block Trump from targeting those involved in the trial in any communications, including his social media posts.

Trump responds

"Today’s decision is an absolute abomination and another partisan knife stuck in the heart of our Democracy by Crooked Joe Biden, who was granted the right to muzzle his political opponent, the leading candidate for the Presidency in 2024, and the most popular political leader in America, President Donald J. Trump," a statement from the Trump campaign stated.

"President Trump will continue to fight for our Constitution, the American people’s right to support him, and to keep our country free of the chains of weaponized and targeted law enforcement," it continued.

The background

"It’s something prosecutors said was needed to block Trump from using his reach as a former president to influence the case, while Trump’s team said it was overly broad and would chart new ground in impinging on the free speech rights of a presidential candidate," the Hill reported.

"Trump has repeatedly targeted Chutkan, special counsel Jack Smith, Biden and Washington, D.C., itself through social media posts and public speeches since he was indicted in August for his efforts to remain in power after the 2020 election," it added.

Willing to go to jail

"But this is weaponry all being done because Joe Biden is losing the election. And losing very, very badly to all of us in the polls," Trump told a crowd Monday night.

"But what they don’t understand is that I am willing to go to jail if that’s what it takes for our country to win and to become a democracy again," he stated.

In addition to the Washington case, Trump is currently facing a New York fraud case against his business.

The former president also faces upcoming trials in Florida and Georgia, facing over 90 charges in all cases total.

Despite the legal battles, Trump continues to lead his fellow GOP contenders in what could lead to a rematch against Biden in 2024.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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