Prosecutors in the election case have asked Judge Tanya S. Chutkan to curb statements from the former president that ‘could intimidate witnesses, influence potential jurors or lead to harassment of others in the case.’
According to court pages filed Friday, prosecutors want the Judge to impose “a narrowly tailored” gag order on Trump, citing his “near-daily” social media attacks on numerous people involved in the case.
This is after Judge Chutkan had warned Trump in the original case, “I caution you and your client to take special care in your public statements in this case,” Judge Chutkan said. “I will take whatever measures are necessary to protect the integrity of these proceedings.”
In the 19-page motion, prosecutors complained that some of the people Mr. Trump has insulted on social media — including the special counsel, Jack Smith, who has filed two indictments against the former president — have experienced threats from other people.
For instance, he called special counsel Jack Smith “a radical-left lunatic known as a bomb thrower.” And on Truth Social he called prosecutor Fani Willis ‘a local racist Democrat district attorney.’
In asking for the gag order, lawyers argued that :
“Since the indictment in this case, the defendant 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.”
“Like his previous public disinformation campaign regarding the 2020 presidential election,” they wrote, “the defendant’s recent extrajudicial statements are intended to undermine public confidence in an institution — the judicial system — and to undermine confidence in and intimidate individuals — the court, the jury pool, witnesses and prosecutors.”
Since Trump’s social media posts have intimidated witnesses and ‘tainted the potential jury pool’ we’re surprised it t took this long before anyone called for a gag order.