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Trump’s lawyers request judge deny gag order request and hold prosecutors in contempt in classified documents case

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Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys are fighting against a gag order request in a classified documents case filed by special counsel Jack Smith. Smith has requested a gag order that would limit Trump’s ability to speak publicly about the law enforcement search of his Mar-a-Lago estate in 2022. Trump, who is the presumptive GOP nominee, has criticized the FBI’s policy around the use of deadly force during the search, claiming it is misleading. In response, Trump’s attorneys have called the gag order request unconstitutional censorship.

In a court filing on Memorial Day, Trump’s attorneys argued that the gag order request was unprecedented and aimed at targeting Trump’s speech as he runs for president. They accused prosecutors of acting as “self-appointed Thought Police” and trying to impose their views on the former president’s speech. Trump’s attorneys particularly objected to the request to incorporate the gag order into his pre-trial release conditions, which they argued would unfairly delegate the decision of whether Trump’s comments violate the order to a probation officer.

Trump’s legal team is calling for sanctions on all government attorneys involved in filing the gag order request. They are also highlighting that Trump is already under gag orders in other legal cases, including the federal election interference case in Washington, DC, and the hush money trial in New York state court. The special counsel has argued that Trump’s false claims about the search endanger law enforcement officers who may testify in the classified documents case.

The FBI and Attorney General Merrick Garland have disputed Trump’s claims that the search operation at Mar-a-Lago was unique and that his life was in danger. Garland called the allegations false and dangerous, while the FBI stated that there was no departure from the norm in the matter. They pointed out that the same deadly force policy was included in plans for a search of President Joe Biden’s Delaware home during a separate investigation into the handling of classified documents.

It remains to be seen how the federal judge overseeing the classified documents case will rule on the gag order request. Trump’s attorneys are pushing back against what they see as an unconstitutional restriction on his speech, while the special counsel argues that Trump’s comments pose a threat to law enforcement officers involved in the case. The clash highlights the ongoing legal battles surrounding the former president and raises questions about the limits of free speech in high-profile legal proceedings. As the case unfolds, the implications for Trump’s political future and the broader implications for freedom of speech will continue to be closely monitored.

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