Donald Trump, get ready to use that mouth.
Your gag order is no longer in effect.
At least for now.
For the time being, the gag order on Trump, issued in his federal 2020 election interference trial in Washington, D.C. has been paused.
The ruling temporarily stays Judge Tanya Chutkan's decision to bar Trump from publicly targeting court staff, and potential witnesses and members of special counsel Jack Smith's prosecutorial team.
Trump immediately asked the higher court to put this ruling on hold once it was handed down.
A three-judge appeals court panel has agreed.
The decision wasn't necessarily for the reason that Trump would have liked though.
It's not a pause based on the idea that gag order lacked merit, and unfortunately for Donald Trump, it may still be found to be valid. What it is meant to do, however, is to give the appeals court more time to consider the arguments in the case.
Three liberal-appointed judges, one picked by Joe Biden and two by Barack Obama, decided that Trump should be granted an emergency pause on the order less than one full day after his attorneys filed the request.
I've had microwave dinners that take more time than this decision did.
Trump's lawyers argued that Chutkan's order is "muzzling President Trump's core political speech during an historic Presidential campaign."
Obviously, Donald Trump wouldn't be in this situation if he hadn't been president, so it's fair that he should get special presidential treatment.
If liberals are coming after him to stop him based on his threat to retake the presidency in 2024, then he should get all of the benefits of being a VIP politician in the courtroom, according to his supporters.
The trial in this case is currently set for March 2024, just a few months before the next presidential election.
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