BY Benjamin ClarkOctober 1, 2023
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Prosecutors cite Trumps' death' comment in request for gag order

The Department of Justice is intensifying efforts to impose a gag order on former President Donald Trump, following his comments regarding the death penalty and Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

The Department of Justice has shown increased urgency in its quest to silence the former president. Their concerns stem from Trump's public statements, which they believe could potentially influence the legal proceedings.

Earlier this month, the DOJ had already sought a gag order. Their concerns grew after Trump made a series of statements on the platform Truth Social.

He criticized Milley's reported phone call to Chinese officials after the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

Trump's controversial remarks

Trump expressed his views on Gen. Milley's actions, stating that Milley was liaising with China to inform them about the U.S. president's intentions.

He went on to say, "This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH!"

Special counsel Jack Smith said, "The defendant should not be permitted to continue to try this case in the court of public opinion rather than in the court of law, and thereby undermine the fairness and integrity of this proceeding."

Trump's legal team pushes back

Members of the Trump team have been resolute in opposing the gag order. They argue that such a move would infringe upon the former president's civil rights.

In a detailed 25-page brief, they condemned the DOJ's request. They emphasized the importance of freedom of speech and the need for transparency in such matters, Fox News reported.

The brief from Trump's legal team highlighted, "The prosecution would silence President Trump, amid a political campaign where his right to criticize the government is at its zenith, all to avoid a public rebuke of this prosecution. However, ‘above all else, the First Amendment means that government has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter, or its content.'"

Public reactions and implications

The public and political circles are closely watching these developments.

Implications of a gag order on a former president are significant, especially in the context of free speech and civil rights.

Debates revolved around the balance between ensuring a fair trial and upholding the constitutional rights of an individual are currently taking shape across America.

The outcome of this case could set a precedent for future legal battles involving high-profile individuals.

Conclusion

  • The DOJ is making renewed efforts to secure a gag order on Donald Trump.
  • Their concerns have been amplified by Trump's comments on Gen. Milley and the death penalty.
  • Trump's legal team is opposing the gag order, citing freedom of speech.
  • The outcome of this case could have broader implications for free speech and civil rights.

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Written by: Benjamin Clark

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