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 December 10, 2023

Trump to take stand in NY fraud trial regardless of gag order

Former President Donald Trump is expected to testify during his New York fraud trial regardless of the decision regarding his gag order.

Trump lawyer Alina Habba shared the decision in an interview with Fox News on the latest developments.

The statement

“I will say and I still say that having any client get on a stand with a gag order as limited or large as this is a First Amendment violation,” Habba stated in an interview with Fox News’s Martha Maccallum. “And you should not respect the court and give them the opportunity to hear you.”

“But, he is going to take the stand regardless and he will navigate it,” she added.

Narrowed gag order

"A federal appeals court in Washington largely upheld a gag order on Donald Trump in his 2020 election interference case on Friday, but narrowed the restrictions on his speech to allow the former president to criticize the special counsel who brought the case," the Associated Press reported.

"The three-judge panel’s ruling modifies the gag order, permitting the Republican 2024 presidential front-runner to make disparaging comments about special counsel Jack Smith, but it reimposes limits on what he can say about known or reasonably foreseeable witnesses in the case and about court staff and other lawyers," it continued.

The statement

"We agree with the district court that some aspects of Mr. Trump’s public statements pose a significant and imminent threat to the fair and orderly adjudication of the ongoing criminal proceeding," Judge Patricia Millett wrote in the order, according to Reuters.

But the court found the initial gag order "sweeps in more protected speech than is necessary."

The gag order is just part of multiple cases against the former president as he continues his 2024 presidential campaign.

Trump faces cases in New York, Washington, Georgia and Florida with over 90 total charges involved.

The latest gag order issue won't stop him from testifying but shows another of the many legal issues against him in his comeback bid for the White House.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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