Jack Smith files second motion to gag Trump in classified docs case

 June 2, 2024

Special Counsel Jack Smith's luck in his classified documents case against former President Donald Trump seems to be running out quickly. 

After being shot down and humiliated last week by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon regarding a request for a new gag order against the former president, Smith and his team filed a motion once again for essentially the same request.

According to NBC News, Smith asked Judge Cannon to bar Trump from making statements that he claims could "endanger law enforcement."

The request comes in the wake of Smith requesting the same thing last week, which was after Trump sent out a supporter email telling readers that the FBI was "locked & loaded" during the Mar-a-Lago raid.

What's happening?

Trump's statement was based on the fine print of the search warrant executed on his property at the time, which authorized agents to use "deadly force."

Smith argued, once again, that such statements place law enforcement offcials, and especially those assigned to the case, in immediate danger.

“Trump’s repeated mischaracterization of these facts in widely distributed messages as an attempt to kill him, his family, and Secret Service agents has endangered law enforcement officers involved in the investigation and prosecution of this case and threatened the integrity of these proceedings,” Smith's filing read.

NBC News noted:

Trump’s campaign had claimed in a fundraising email that President Joe Biden was “locked & loaded ready to take me out,” comments that echoed similar statements by the former president about FBI agents.

"Trump, however, has grossly distorted these standard practices by mischaracterizing them as a plan to kill him, his family, and U.S. Secret Service agents,” Smith's filing read. "Those deceptive and inflammatory assertions irresponsibly put a target on the backs of the FBI agents involved in this case, as Trump well knows."

Social media reacts

Smith's second motion generated unflattering responses by many social media users.

"Judge Cannon is no Merchan; she doesn't represent neither the defendant nor the plaintiff; she represents the law, and she does it without her foot on the scale," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "Smith needs to change his name to 'Embarrassing.'"

Only time will tell if Cannon excoriates Smith once again for the request.

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