Trump and his lawyers request gag order in 'hush money' case be terminated immediately

 June 5, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has been the target of multiple gag orders in several of his cases, including one related to his New York "hush money" case. 

Trump, his lawyers and millions of his supporters have argued that gag orders on a leading presidential candidate is tantamount to silencing his ability to campaign, and now that his New York case has concluded, Trump wants the gag order trashed.

According to NBC News, Trump and his lawyers asked Judge Juan Merchan this week to lift the gag order, arguing that it's no longer relevant given the outcome of the case.

The former president's lawyers argued that Trump has a "constitutional mandate for unrestrained campaign advocacy."

Request to terminate the order

The request filed by Trump and his legal team requesting that the gag order be terminated was made public on Thursday. His lawyer, Todd Blanche, made clear why he believes it's no longer necessary or constitutional, for that matter.

“Now that the trial is concluded, the concerns articulated by the government and the Court do not justify continued restrictions on the First Amendment rights of President Trump," Blanche wrote in the request.

To bolster his arguement, Blanche pointed to President Joe Biden's unrestricted remarks about the outcome of the trial, "in addition to 'continued public attacks' from Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen and porn actress Stormy Daniels, who both served as key witnesses in the trial."

The request comes as news reports broke recently that the Biden campaign might even step up its attacks on Trump and his legal issues.

Blanche also noted the upcoming presidential debate between Biden and Trump.

Social media reacts

Many across social media agreed that the gag order should be immediately lifted, given that the trial is over and the fact that Trump is a presidential nominee. However, many believe that he will ultimately decide to keep it in place.

"The right thing to do is lift it so he won't do that. He will say it stays until after the appeals are completed," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "You’d think they would’ve done that after the guilty verdict.."

Only time will tell if Merchan does the right thing, which would be to fully restore Trump's ability to defend himself regarding the case and speak freely, like any other American citizen.

" A free people [claim] their rights, as derived from the laws of nature."
Thomas Jefferson
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