Judge Cannon Rejects Jack Smith’s Request to ‘Gag’ Trump in Classified Docs Case

A federal judge has rejected Special Counsel Jack Smith’s request to issue a “gag order” against President Donald Trump in the Democrats’ classified documents case against the 45th POTUS.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon shot down Smith’s request to gag Trump after defense attorneys called it “unconstitutional censorship.”

In an order, Judge Cannon found that Smith’s prosecutors failed to properly confer with Trump’s lawyers before filing the motion in violation of court rules.

The judge said prosecutors did not give Trump’s team “sufficient time” to review their motion.

The motion was strategically filed Friday evening on Memorial Day weekend.

“Because the filing of the Special Counsel’s motion did not adhere to these basic requirements, it is due to be denied without prejudice,” the judge said.

On Monday, Trump’s attorneys accused the government of “unconstitutional censorship” in response to Smith’s request.

In a court filing, Trump’s outraged legal team asked a federal judge in Florida to sanction and fine prosecutors from  Smith’s office.

Federal prosecutors requested that the court modify Trump’s conditions of release and prohibit him from making future statements about FBI agents who executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 22, 2023.

In the filing, Trump’s lawyers wrote:

“President Donald J. Trump respectfully submits this procedural opposition to the May 24, 2024 filing by the Special Counsel’s Office, which improperly asks the Court to impose an unconstitutional gag order on President Trump, as a condition of his pretrial release, based on vague and unsupported assertions about threats to law enforcement personnel whose names have been redacted from public filings and whose identities are already subject to a protective order.”

“… [T]he Court should strike the Motion, make civil contempt findings as to all government attorneys who participated in the decision to file the Motion without meaningful conferral, and impose sanctions after holding an evidentiary hearing regarding the purpose and intent behind the Office’s decision to willfully disregard required procedures,” the defense attorneys wrote.

On Friday evening, Smith’s team filed a motion to Cannon, who is presiding over the classified documents case, and requested that she prohibit Trump from making statements about the case.

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Smith’s team claimed that Trump’s public statements “pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents participating in the investigation and prosecution of this case.”

Trump claimed in a campaign appeal that FBI agents were “locked & loaded ready to take me out & put my family in danger.”

He made the comments after evidence emerged proving that Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration authorized the FBI to use “lethal force” during the raid on the 45th president’s family home.

Prosecutors said Trump’s comments are “grossly misleading.”

“Trump, however, has distorted the standard inclusion of the policy limiting the use of deadly force by mischaracterizing it as a claim that the FBI ‘WAS AUTHORIZED TO SHOOT ME,’ was ‘just itching to do the unthinkable,’ and was ‘locked & loaded ready to take me out,'” Smith’s team wrote in their filing.

The prosecution argued that Trump’s “deceptive and inflammatory claims” exposed federal agents to “unjustified and unacceptable risks,” inviting “threats and harassment” against investigators that would “undermine the integrity of the proceedings as well as jeopardize the safety of law enforcement.”

Trump’s attorneys countered Tuesday that Smith’s request was “an extraordinary, unprecedented, and unconstitutional censorship application” that “unjustly targets President Trump’s campaign speech while he is the leading candidate for the presidency.”

They requested that Judge Cannon hold a hearing to determine Smith’s “motives and purpose” in filing the gag order motion “on the Friday preceding a holiday weekend.”

They pointed out that Trump’s defense summation is scheduled to begin in Manhattan on Tuesday for his New York “hush money” case.

The timing, they insisted, violated rules governing how motions are filed and was unprofessional.

The 15-page motion also referred to Smith and his team as “the Thought Police” and accused prosecutors of being “biased and reckless” and “driven by political animus against President Trump.”

Trump has repeatedly claimed the indictment Smith filed against him last June was part of a politically motivated “witch hunt” designed to keep him from winning the presidency.

Smith’s team has vehemently denied the allegations and claimed their motives are pure, and intended to support the rule of law.

Trump is accused of keeping at his estate classified documents that he took with him after he left the White House in 2021.

The FBI agents seized 33 boxes of documents in the raid.

The investigation is overseen by Smith, who Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed.

Smith has charged Trump with 40 felony counts, including violating the Espionage Act, making false statements to investigators, and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Trump has pleaded not guilty.

The case is not expected to go to trial until after the November election, if at all.

Cannon removed the trial from the calendar after it emerged that prosecutors had tampered with evidence.

READ MORE – Judge Cannon Scolds DOJ over Jack Smith’s Trump Documents Case

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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