Chutkan temporarily freezes Trump’s gag order in 2020 election subversion case

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U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Friday temporarily froze the gag order. she broadcast about Donald Trump in the former president’s 2020 federal election subversion criminal case.

In a brief order, chutkanwho is overseeing the case against Trump in Washington, D.C., said he was issuing the administrative stay of the gag order issued earlier this week to give the parties more time to inform him of the former president’s request to suspend the order while it is processed. your appeal. it develops.

Chutkan also said the Justice Department has until Wednesday to respond to Trump’s request for a longer pause on the gag order and that Trump would have until the following Saturday to respond to the government’s filing.

Trump has already appealed the gag order to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and in a 33-page filing Friday, his lawyers urged Chutkan to stay the order while the appeal plays out.

the pause comes days after Chutkan presided over a contentious hearing in which Trump’s lawyers and federal prosecutors clashed over how Trump might discuss special counsel Jack Smith’s prosecution of him during the election campaign.

“I understand that you have a message that you want to spread,” Chutkan said at the time. “I don’t need to hear any campaign rhetoric in my courtroom.”

The gag order, which was limited in scope, had prohibited Trump from making certain types of statements about the special counsel’s team or potential witnesses, including any comments directed directly at court staff, potential witnesses, or the special counsel and his staff.

However, the gag order did not stop Trump from making disparaging comments about Washington, D.C., where the trial is scheduled to take place next year. Trump was allowed to make certain comments about the Justice Department in general. Chutkan had specified that Trump “can certainly claim that he is being unfairly prosecuted.”

Meanwhile, on Friday, former president was fined $5,000 by a New York judge presiding over his civil fraud trial for violating another gag order prohibiting him from speaking about any court staff member.

Judge Arthur Engoron had issued the order in that case earlier this month after Trump posted about the judge’s clerk on Truth Social.


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