Biden henchman Jack Smith is trying to get the judge in Washington DC to take away Trump’s right to discuss his case on Trump Social and elsewhere.
They are claiming that Trump is trying to influence the jury pool and is putting everyone he disparages in danger.
Here’s more from CBS News:
Special counsel Jack Smith has asked the federal judge overseeing the case against Donald Trump for his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election to limit what the former president can say publicly about the case, accusing him of making “inflammatory public statements” aimed at influencing potential jurors and intimidating witnesses.
In a 24-page filing on Friday, Smith and his prosecutors list a litany of posts by Trump on his Truth Social platform since his indictment in the case in August. They say the former president “has spread disparaging and inflammatory public posts on Truth Social on a near-daily basis regarding the citizens of the District of Columbia, the Court, prosecutors, and prospective witnesses.” They allege that Trump knows he “inspires others to perpetrate threats and harassment against his targets.”
The government lawyers asked Judge Tanya Chutkan to impose a “narrowly tailored” order that would bar Trump from making “extrajudicial statements that present a serious and substantial danger of materially prejudicing this case.”
“The defendant’s repeated posts that he cannot receive a fair trial from this Court or from a jury of his peers in this District are substantially likely to undermine confidence in the justice system, affect the jury pool, or otherwise prejudice the due administration of justice,” prosecutors wrote. “His misleading statements regarding the Special Counsel’s Office and its investigation are designed to do the same. And his targeting of specific witnesses seeks to either bolster or impeach witnesses not before this Court but instead in the court of public opinion before trial begins.”
Government lawyers argued that Trump “has an established practice of issuing inflammatory public statements targeted at individuals or institutions that present an obstacle or challenge to him.”
“Subject to threats and harassment”
They said that after the 2020 election, he focused on the election system and on election officials and others tasked with “carrying out civic duties to implement fair elections.” The government noted that those who were named by Trump in his tweets “were subject to threats and harassment.”
The filing cited a few examples of this, noting that one individual told the House select committee that investigated the Capitol riot, “After the President tweeted at me by name, calling me out the way that he did, the threats became much more specific, much more graphic, and included not just me by name but included members of my family by name, their ages, our address, pictures of our home. Just every bit of detail that you could imagine. That was what changed with that tweet.”
If Trump were still on Twitter and it was still owned by the fascists, Smith would just call them up and get them to silence Trump. But Trump isn’t under their control any longer so they have to resort to trying to get the judge to take away Trump’s first amendment right to free speech in order to try and shut him up.
As much as I don’t care for Trump’s endless posts on Trump Social, the idea of putting some kind of gag order on him is a violation of his Constitutional rights and I hope the judge doesn’t do what Smith is asking.