Trump Judge Releases Gag Order Details

 October 18, 2023

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan may have placed a gag order on Donald Trump, but she's still allowing herself for talk.

Rules for thee, but not for me.

Sounds like how most Trump enemies are acting these days.

Chutkan recently told the world the terms of Trump's gag order.

It restricts him from making at least one thing:

Grave threats.

Judge Tanya Chutkan issued the rule after hearing arguments at a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C..

She told Trump that he was not allowed to engage in a "pre-trial smear campaign."

Trump's strategy was obviously to try to get his version of the facts out to the public before they started coming out in court and try to ruin the credibility of everyone who is accusing him of something.

Chutkan, an appointee of Barack Obama, decided to put Trump on lockdown.

Her order officially prevents Trump from confronting or criticizing government staff, their families, and witnesses.

Apparently, what Trump's team said during initial arguments led Chutkan to decide that Trump's "statements pose sufficiently grave threats to the integrity of these proceedings that cannot be addressed by alternative means, and it has tailored its order to meet the force of those threats."

"Thus, limited restrictions on extrajudicial statements are justified here."

Chutkan said that previous actions of Trump's that would no longer be allowed to do things like call Jack Smith a "thug" and "deranged."

"Donald Trump has made those statements to national audiences using language communicating not merely that he believes the process to be illegitimate, but also that particular individuals involved in it are liars, or ‘thugs,’ or deserve death," Chutkan said.

"And that risk is largely irreversible in the age of the Internet; once an individual is publicly targeted, even revoking the offending statement may not abate the subsequent threats, harassment, or other intimidating effects during the pretrial as well as trial stages of this case," she continued.

"This Order shall not be construed to prohibit Defendant from making statements criticizing the government generally, including the current administration or the Department of Justice; statements asserting that Defendant is innocent of the charges against him, or that his prosecution is politically motivated; or statements criticizing the campaign platforms or policies of Defendant’s current political rivals, such as former Vice President Pence."

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