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Wed Nov 15, 2023, 08:23 AM Nov 2023

Federal prosecutors want Trump gag order upheld, pointing to attacks on special counsel's family [View all]

Source: CNN Politics

Updated 7:47 PM EST, Tue November 14, 2023

CNN — The Justice Department on Tuesday urged a Washington, DC, appeals court to uphold the gag order against Donald Trump in his federal election subversion criminal case, saying the former president’s recent attacks on special counsel Jack Smith’s family underscore why restrictions on Trump’s speech are necessary.

“There has never been a criminal case in which a court has granted a defendant an unfettered right to try his case in the media, malign the prosecutor and his family, and … target specific witnesses with attacks on their character and credibility,” Smith’s team told the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals in a filing.

Trump is asking the appeals court to undo the limited gag order issued last month by District Judge Tanya Chutkan. The former president has already failed once in his bid to undo the gag order, and the appeals court is set to hear oral arguments on the matter next week.

In a brief last week, Trump’s legal team told the appeals court that Chutkan went too far when she issued the order, which it called “sweepingly overbroad,” and repeated arguments that the order amounts to an unconstitutional check on his speech and limits his ability to campaign. On Tuesday, Republican attorneys general from 18 states echoed the claims in a “friend of the court” brief, urging the court to strike the order down.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2023/11/14/politics/trump-gag-order-special-counsel-family/index.html

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