Former President Donald Trump is facing a legal muzzle. Federal Judge Tanya Chutkan issued a gag order restricting what Trump can publicly say about the special counsel’s investigation into his alleged attempts to subvert the 2020 presidential election.
The order severely limits Trump’s ability to target court personnel, potential witnesses, or special counsel Jack Smith and his team. However, it does not restrict his ability to make certain comments about Washington D.C., or the Justice Department as a whole.
Judge Chutkan stated, “This is not about whether I like the language Mr. Trump uses. This is about language that presents a danger to the administration of justice.”
Trump, who’s facing four felony charges, will appeal the gag order and has called it a witch hunt on his social media platform, Truth Social. The former president has previously lashed out against prosecutors, witnesses, and Chutkan herself.
Still, this order seeks to curb his inflammatory language around the case. Trump’s attorneys argue that the order infringes on his First Amendment rights and is a political move by President Joe Biden’s administration.
However, Judge Chutkan asserts Mr. Trump is a legal defendant and therefore does not have the right to say or do exactly what he pleases.