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Donald Trump is challenging a proposal by US prosecutors to restrict some of his public remarks concerning a federal case against him over the 2020 election outcome.
In response to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s plea for a court directive to restrain Trump from making certain comments outside of court, Trump’s lawyers countered on Monday. They believe that imposing such limitations would infringe upon Trump’s freedom of speech, especially as he is “the clear front-runner for the Republican nomination in 2024.” They further claimed, “At bottom, the Proposed Gag Order is nothing more than an obvious attempt by the Biden Administration to unlawfully silence its most prominent political opponent.”
Indicted last August on four felony charges related to alleged interference in the 2020 vote counting and election certification, Trump has consistently denied all accusations.
Special Counsel Smith, however, expressed concerns earlier this month about Trump’s potential to ‘erode’ public trust in the legal process. Highlighting the former president’s frequent social media criticisms, Smith pointed out potential influences on future jurors, the presiding US Judge Tanya Chutkan, and Washington, DC residents.