Special counsel Jack Smith and his team, who are attempting to accuse former President Trump of trying to steal the 2020 election, have been attempting to silence the 45th President since the proceedings started.
Trump has been a constant presence on social media, loudly proclaiming his innocence in the various attacks. Trump’s proclamations that he is innocent of the charges are a problem for Smith, as Smith states the statements could affect the potential jurors’ mindset regarding the case.
Smith is again calling Trump’s statements “disinformation” as he has called Trump’s statements concerning the validity of the 2020 election. Apparently, according to Smith, liberal media can allege whatever they want but others are not allowed to speak facts on social media going against the tide of liberal media information.
Even though a federal judge ruled in favor of Trump’s free speech rights, Smith is on the move again trying to silence the former president.
On Friday, Special Counsel Jack Smith filed a motion with a federal judge in order to have a gag order placed on leading Republican presidential candidate and 45th President Donald Trump in his case into the former president’s conduct following the 2020 election.
“The defendant’s past conduct, including conduct that has taken place after and as a direct result of the indictment in this case, amply demonstrates the need for this order,” the filing says, per Politico.
Smith’s team has requested a federal judge in Washington, D.C. to impose a “narrowly tailored” order restricting former president Trump from making public statements that they argue could “present a serious and substantial danger of prejudicing” the court outcome, ABC News reported.
ABC aknowledged that the motion is “extraordinary” and it certainly is, considering Federal Judge Tanya Chutkan has already ruled that Trump’s free speech rights cannot be squashed in the matter, barring extrodinary matters.
In August, Judge Chutkan ruled for Trump’s first Amendment rights but warned Trump that “inflammatory remarks” from the former president would push her to schedule the trial sooner, the Guardian then reported.
The Guardian continued:
“Broadly speaking, Churkan ruled that Trump was free to share “non-sensitive materials” as designated by the prosecutors, but narrowed the scope so closely that it sould ultimately amount to only a pyrrhic victory. Chutkan also ended up rejecting the majority of Trump’s other requests.
“The judge repeatedly emphasized that she would not take into account Trump’s presidential campaign, telling Trump lead lawyer john Lauro that the former president;s free speech rights were not absolute and tha they came second to the fact that he is not a criminal defendant.”
So, an opposing candidate can be silenced during a campaign simply by bringing charges against him.
Chutkan went on,”What the effects of my order are on a political campaign are not goign to influence my decision. This is a crimnal trial. The defendant’s desire to conduct a campaign, to respond to political opponents has to yield.”
The fact that Chutkan, a Jamaican-born lawyer, is an Obama appointee was a factor in the ex-president stating that he was unlikely to get a fair trial in Washington, D.C.
Smith seems to be trying to narrow the scope of his gag request by labeling Trump’s statements “inflammatory” and “intimidating” while he himself continues to refer to Trump’s actions as “scheming to overturn the 2020 presidential election,” the charge that Smith is trying to lay at Trump’s feet.
Trump, for his part, has been posting the same stance that he always has and plainly calling out all who he sees as part of the cover-up in the 2020 elections. Stating that the FBI and DOJ have been “weaponized” and that President Biden is “crooked,” Trump has said, “They Leak, Lie, and Sue, & they won’t allow me to SPEAK.”
Hard to argue with that, considering Smith’s motions.
Smith and other liberal lawmakers have ignored the evidence that voting was tampered with in numerous states, instead accusing Trump of affecting voting by his words.
Currently, reports of voter fraud in Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Georgia, Virginia, Pennesylvania, and Nevada reflect around a huge number of Biden votes appearing around 3am the night of the 2020 election.
It was reported that in Wisconsin, 27 potential cases of voter fraud were reported by officials in 2021, but so far only one individual, Edward Malnar, has been charged, FDL Reporter stated.
For those who have lived through numerous presidential campaigns, it does not seem unusual for those involved in the campaigns to be calling each other out on political and personal actions, and in the past, “mud-slinging” has been a normal factor in elections in the United States.
It is unprecidented that a political candidate would be silenced in the middle of a campaign, and presidential candidates have always been able to speak freely about any matter they see as pertaining to the office and job they are seeking. Especially by members of the opposing party.