Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 29, 2024

Judge Rejects Gag Order Request in Trump Classified Docs Case

A federal judge denied Special Counsel Jack Smith's request for a gag order on former President Donald Trump, citing procedural flaws and violations of court rules.

According to Fox News, Judge Aileen Cannon found that Smith's prosecutors failed to properly confer with Trump's lawyers before filing the motion, which violated court rules. This procedural misstep was significant enough for Judge Cannon to deny the motion without prejudice.

In response to the motion, Trump's attorneys called it "an extraordinary, unprecedented and unconstitutional censorship application." They claimed that the motion targeted Trump's campaign speech and sought to silence him unjustly.

Defense Team Demands Sanctions

Trump's defense team did not just oppose the motion and requested sanctions and fines against the prosecutors from Smith's office. In their filing, they labeled the government's request as "unconstitutional censorship" and demanded that the court take action against the prosecutors for their alleged misconduct.

The defense's filing stated, "President Donald J. Trump respectfully submits this procedural opposition to the May 24, 2024 filing by the Special Counsel’s Office, which improperly asks the Court to impose an unconstitutional gag order on President Trump, as a condition of his pretrial release."

Judge Denies Motion Without Prejudice

Judge Cannon ruled that the motion did not adhere to basic procedural requirements, thus denying it without prejudice. "Because the filing of the Special Counsel's motion did not adhere to these basic requirements, it is due to be denied without prejudice," Judge Cannon stated.

Trump's legal team further requested a hearing to investigate the motives behind Smith's motion. They suggested that the timing of the filing, right before a holiday weekend, indicated potential ulterior motives.

Accusations of Political Motivation

Trump has consistently claimed that the indictment against him is politically motivated and designed to prevent him from winning the presidency. His defense team echoed these sentiments, accusing Smith's prosecutors of being biased and politically driven. They referred to the prosecutors as "Thought Police" and argued that the motion was part of a broader strategy to hinder Trump's campaign.

In their motion, the prosecutors had requested that the court prohibit Trump from making statements that posed a danger to law enforcement agents. They cited instances where Trump claimed that FBI agents were "locked & loaded ready to take me out & put my family in danger."

Prosecutors Argue Trump's Statements Are Dangerous

Prosecutors argued that Trump's statements distorted standard FBI policy and exposed federal agents to threats and harassment. They claimed that Trump's allegations were misleading and put law enforcement personnel at risk.

In one of his campaign appeals, Trump stated that the FBI "WAS AUTHORIZED TO SHOOT ME," and that agents were "just itching to do the unthinkable." Prosecutors countered that these claims exposed agents to "unjustified and unacceptable risks."

Smith's team has denied any political motivation, asserting that their actions are solely in support of the rule of law. They charged Trump with 40 felony counts, including violating the Espionage Act and obstructing justice. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and the trial is not expected to start until after the November election.

Trump's Legal Battle Continues

In conclusion, the federal judge's decision to deny the gag order request underscores the contentious nature of the case. The procedural missteps by the Special Counsel's office and the strong opposition from Trump's defense team highlight the complexities and high stakes involved in this legal confrontation. As the trial looms, this case's legal and political implications continue to unfold.

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