Federal prosecutors have requested the decide overseeing former President Donald J. Trump’s indictment on costs of conspiring to overturn the 2020 election to impose “a narrowly tailor-made” gag order on him, citing his “near-daily” social media assaults on quite a few individuals concerned within the case, in line with court docket papers launched on Friday.
The request to Decide Tanya S. Chutkan, who has herself been the topic of a few of Mr. Trump’s verbal assaults, dropped at a head the simmering problem of the previous president’s on-line statements. In a 19-page movement, prosecutors complained that a few of the individuals Mr. Trump has gone after on social media — together with the particular counsel, Jack Smith, who has filed two indictments towards the previous president — skilled subsequent threats from different individuals.
“For the reason that indictment on this case, the defendant has unfold disparaging and inflammatory public posts on Reality Social on a near-daily foundation relating to the residents of the District of Columbia, the court docket, prosecutors and potential witnesses,” prosecutors wrote.
“Like his earlier public disinformation marketing campaign relating to the 2020 presidential election,” they wrote, “the defendant’s latest extrajudicial statements are supposed to undermine public confidence in an establishment — the judicial system — and to undermine confidence in and intimidate people — the court docket, the jury pool, witnesses and prosecutors.”
The request by prosecutors has largely been made to this point in sealed filings. However final month, at a public listening to in Federal District Courtroom in Washington, Decide Chutkan despatched an open shot throughout Mr. Trump’s bow, telling his attorneys that she wouldn’t tolerate any remarks from the previous president which may “intimidate witnesses or prejudice potential jurors.”
“I warning you and your consumer to take particular care in your public statements on this case,” Decide Chutkan mentioned. “I’ll take no matter measures are needed to guard the integrity of those proceedings.”
However inside days, as prosecutors famous of their most up-to-date submitting, Mr. Trump examined that warning by posting a string of messages on his social media web site, Reality Social, that largely amplified others criticizing Decide Chutkan.