The former president should refrain from verbal attacks against prosecutors and witnesses in the future. Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric jeopardizes election fraud prosecution.
In the trial of former US President Donald Trump on charges of election fraud, the responsible federal judge barred the Republican president from launching verbal attacks against prosecutors and witnesses. Judge Tanya Chutkan also barred the 77-year-old presidential candidate from publicly attacking court staff at a court hearing in Washington on Monday. In doing so, I partially agreed to the request of private investigator Jack Smith.
But the matter does not include Trump’s statements about the government of his successor, Joe Biden, the Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., and its residents. Since the trial will be held in Washington, the jury will come from the capital. Trump described Washington as a “dirty” city with high crime rates, and its residents are “more than 95 percent opposed to Trump.”
The special counsel appointed by the Department of Justice had imposed a partial speaking ban (“gag order” in English). He demanded against Trump. Smith argued that Trump was jeopardizing the trial scheduled for March with his inflammatory rhetoric. The right-wing populist’s verbal attacks have already led to threats from his supporters against prosecutors and the court. The former president’s speech could also have a “measurable impact on the impartiality of the jury pool” from which jurors are selected.
Trump has repeatedly attacked both the special prosecutor and the judge in the trial. He portrays himself as a victim of politically motivated investigations aimed at torpedoing his bid to run for president in November 2024. Trump is currently the front-runner in his Republican primary race.
His lawyers had rejected Smith’s claim, citing freedom of expression provided for in the Constitution. The 77-year-old wrote on his online platform Truth Social on Monday that such an order against him would be “completely unconstitutional.”
The federal judiciary indicted Trump last August for his attempts To cancel the results of the 2020 presidential elections And thus stay in power. A similar charge was later dropped Georgia state level. Last June, private investigator Smith filed an indictment against Trump in the case surrounding secret documents stored at his private residence in Mar-a-Lago.
Judge Chutkan set a start date for the federal trial on the election fraud charge on March 4th. This comes just one day before Super Tuesday, when presidential primaries will be held in more than a dozen states.
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