Ann Turner
August 6, 2023

DOJ looks to ban Trump from sharing evidence in case

In a recent development, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has put forth a request for a protective order against former President Donald Trump. The objective of this order is to prevent Trump from publicly disclosing sensitive information related to his current election fraud case.

This request was prompted by what the DOJ perceives as a retaliatory threat from Trump against those who are legally challenging him, the New York Post reported.

Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is spearheading the case, has expressed apprehension about Trump's potential misuse of case-related information. Smith is concerned that such actions could disrupt the legal process and hinder the administration of justice.

Trump's social media activity triggers alarm

The concerns of the DOJ were heightened following a post by Trump on his social media platform, Truth Social. In this post, Trump stated, "IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I'M COMING AFTER YOU!". The DOJ interprets this as a potential intimidation tactic that could influence witnesses and disrupt the legal proceedings.

Smith pointed out that Trump has a track record of sharing privileged information with his followers. This pattern of behavior has been observed in relation to two other legal indictments against him.

Despite these concerns, the DOJ is prepared to provide Trump's legal team with a significant amount of evidence. However, much of this evidence is sensitive and confidential, and there are fears that Trump might disclose this information on social media.

Details of the proposed protective order

The protective order proposed by the DOJ, if approved, would permit Trump and his team to discuss the evidence amongst themselves and with witnesses, but not with the general public. The order would also impose stricter controls on "sensitive materials", which include testimonies from grand jury witnesses and materials obtained through sealed search warrants.

Smith disclosed that three different versions of the protective order were exchanged between the DOJ and Trump's legal team. However, none of these versions were mutually agreed upon.

The protective order request was submitted a day after Trump pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.

Potential consequences of the protective order

If the protective order is granted, it would significantly curtail Trump's ability to discuss the case publicly. This could potentially prevent any undue influence on the proceedings and ensure a fair trial.

However, the protective order could also be perceived as an infringement on Trump's freedom of speech. It is likely that Trump's legal team will contest the order on these grounds.

The decision now rests with the federal judge presiding over the case. The outcome could establish a precedent for future cases involving individuals in the public eye.

Wrapping up

To sum up, the DOJ's request for a protective order against Trump marks a significant turning point in the ongoing election fraud case. The judge's decision on this request could have far-reaching implications for the case and for future legal proceedings involving public figures.

  • The DOJ has submitted a request for a protective order against Trump to prevent him from publicly sharing sensitive case details.
  • The request was triggered by a post by Trump on Truth Social, which the DOJ interpreted as a potential threat to witnesses.
  • The proposed protective order would permit internal discussion of the evidence but would prohibit public disclosure.
  • Three different versions of the protective order were proposed, but none were mutually agreed upon.
  • The decision on the protective order now rests with the federal judge presiding over the case.

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