Former President Donald Trump blasted the denial of his Constitutional rights after a federal judge overseeing his trial reinstated a gag order that was temporarily on hold.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan had ordered a temporary hold on the gag order she put in place earlier this month after Trump appealed in the criminal trial on allegedly subverting the 2020 election.
But 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, noting that details about the ruling were not yet available.
BREAKING: In case you missed it late last night while you were in bed, DC Judge Tanya S. Chutkan reinstated a gag order against Trump ahead of the 2024 election, where Trump is the leading GOP candidate.
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The judge had placed the temporary hold on her own order which had come as a result of a request from prosecutors.
“The judge, a Washington, D.C.-based appointee of former President Barack Obama, contended that Trump’s repeated inflammatory attacks on prosecutors, court officials and witnesses had threatened to undermine the case and put people at risk,” Politico noted.
Trump fired off a message on his Truth Social platform, blasting the “Corrupt Biden Administration” for the attack on his free speech.
“The Corrupt Biden Administration just took away my First Amendment Right To Free Speech. NOT CONSTITUTIONAL! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN…,” he wrote.
“Trump now faces two gag orders barring him from discussing aspects of his legal cases in the public: One from Chutkan, who is overseeing the case brought by Smith in Washington, DC, and a second from the judge overseeing his civil fraud trial in New York. While the orders are both limited in scope, they mark a measurable limit on the former president’s speech,” CNN reported, referring to special counsel Jack Smith.
“Prosecutors from Smith’s office urged Chutkan last week to reinstate the gag order, arguing that almost immediately after she paused the order Trump resumed publishing allegedly intimidating posts about prosecutors and potential witnesses in the case on social media,” CNN added.
Social media users blasted the latest in the “banana republic” trial:
So what the judge is saying is, we should just assume the worst about the witnesses and prosecutors in this banana republic show trial. Got it. 👍
— Mad Meon 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@AndrssTerranova) October 30, 2023
The attack on democracy (in the most democratic nation) continues!!..
— Muhd_sk7🤠 (@Wiseskay7) October 30, 2023
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