Source: AP News
The Justice Department has asked a federal judge overseeing the criminal case against former President Donald Trump in Washington to step in after he released a post online that appeared to promise revenge on anyone who goes after him.
Prosecutors on Friday requested that U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan issue a protective order concerning evidence in the case, a day after Trump pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to overturn his 2020 election loss and block the peaceful transition of power. The order, different from a gag order, would limit what information Trump and his legal team could share publicly about the case brought by special counsel Jack Smith.
Chutkan on Saturday gave Trumps legal team until 5 p.m. Monday to respond to the governments request. Trumps legal team, which has indicated he would look to slow the case down despite prosecutors pledge of a speedy trial, then filed a request to extend the response deadline to Thursday and to hold a hearing on the matter.
Defendant is prepared to confer in good faith regarding an appropriate protective order and hopes the government will accept his invitation to do so, wrote Trumps lawyers. They criticized prosecutors for filing their proposal without giving the two sides enough time to discuss.
Such protective orders are common in criminal cases, but prosecutors said its particularly important in this case because Trump has posted on social media about witnesses, judges, attorneys, and others associated with legal matters pending against him.
Prosecutors pointed specifically to a post on Trumps Truth Social platform from earlier Friday in which Trump wrote, in all capital letters, If you go after me, Im coming after you!
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