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Trump appeals partial silence against him in January 6 case of special counsel Jack Smith

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Former President Trump’s legal team formally appealed the partial silence order issued Monday against him by the federal judge presiding over special prosecutor Jack Smith’s case related to January 6, 2021.

U.S. Judge Tanya Chutkan of the District of Columbia imposed a partial silence order against Trump on Monday, preventing him from making statements targeting Smith, his staff, potential witnesses and court staff.

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Trump’s lawyers rejected the order Monday, arguing that by imposing partial silence, the court would “embrace new ground with respect to the First Amendment regulating campaign speech.”

Former President Donald J. Trump, left, and Judge Tanya Chutkan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File/U.S. Courts)

“What will happen if Trump says something about Pence during the debate?” » asked Trump’s lawyer, John Lauro.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, also a 2024 Republican presidential candidate, could be called as a witness at the trial.

“It depends on what he says,” Chutkan responded, saying she was “not sure that without some sort of restriction” speech would be limited.

Chutkan said Monday that the former president was able to criticize the Justice Department in general terms and had the right to express his view that the cases against him were politically motivated. However, the judge said Trump could not publish attacks on prosecutors or court staff.

Trump and Pence

Former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence. (Getty Images)

“No other defendant would be allowed to do this, and I will not allow it in this case,” Chutkan said, adding that, if necessary, she would impose sanctions if Trump violated the partial silence order.

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The Trump campaign said Monday that the decision to impose the partial gag order “is an absolute abomination and another partisan knife planted in the heart of our democracy by crooked Joe Biden, who has been granted the right to muzzle his political opponent, the main candidate in the elections. the presidency in 2024, and America’s most popular political leader, President Donald J. Trump.

“President Trump will continue to fight for our Constitution, for the right of the American people to support it, and to keep our country free from the chains of militarized and targeted law enforcement,” the spokesperson added.

Special Advisor Jack Smith

U.S. Special Advisor Jack Smith speaks during a news conference in Washington, DC, U.S., Tuesday, August 1, 2023. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Trump has pleaded not guilty in federal court to four federal charges stemming from Smith’s investigation into 2020 election interference and the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

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Trump, the current 2024 GOP frontrunner, is accused of conspiracy to defraud the United Statesconspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction and attempted obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.

The judge who presides over the New York Trump Organization a trial was also imposed a partial gag order to prevent all parties from engaging in verbal attacks on court staff after Trump criticized a member of the judge’s office on social media.

Judge Arthur Engoron Earlier this month, an order was issued that he said applies to both the defense and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ team. Silence only applies to verbal attacks against staff.

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