Jack Smith Is Trying to Rein in Trump Ahead of 2020 Election Interference Trial

Jack Smith Is Trying to Rein in Trump Ahead of 2020 Election Interference Trial


It should come to no one’s surprise that Special Counsel Jack Smith is trying to muzzle former President Donald Trump in the election interference case. Trump’s social media posts have created an environment where key individuals involved with the case, including the judge, have received death threats. Smith requests a “narrow” gag order, though Trump and his supporters won’t see it that way (via NBC News): 


Citing threats against individuals former President Donald Trump has targeted, special counsel Jack Smith has asked a federal judge for a narrowly tailored gag order that restricts the 2024 presidential candidate from making certain extrajudicial statements about the election interference case brought against him. A redacted copy of a government filing — released Friday, after an order from U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan — comes in connection with the election interference case, one of four criminal cases the former president is facing, two of which are federal. “The defendant has an established practice of issuing inflammatory public statements targeted at individuals or institutions that present an obstacle or challenge to him,” the special counsel’s office wrote. […] At an event in Washington, Trump made his first public remarks on the filing by attacking Smith, arguing that the special counsel “wants to take awa …

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