On Friday, former President Donald Trump wrote on TruthSocial a statement: “IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I’M COMING AFTER YOU!”
Later on Friday, the Biden Administration’s special counsel Jack Smith asked the federal judge overseeing former Trump’s most recent federal indictment to issue a protective order, saying that what Trump wrote was a threat.
Smith also said the judge needs to put a gag order on Trump, so he won’t talk about the case in public.
On Saturday, the federal judge agreed and slapped an order on Trump to shut up about any trial evidence he knows about in his upcoming election interference case.
District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan’s ruling agreed with Smith, based on Trump’s prolific social media history.
“Such a restriction is particularly important in this case because the defendant has previously issued public statements on social media regarding witnesses, judges, attorneys, and others associated with legal matters pending against him,” Smith wrote. “If the defendant were to begin issuing public posts using details — or, for example, grand jury transcripts — obtained in discovery here, it could have a harmful chilling effect on witnesses or adversely affect the fair administration of justice in this case.”
Trump’s legal and campaign team argue that what Trump said was not a threat; it’s political speech, protected by the First Amendment. In fact, Trump said nothing about the trial in his social media post, “IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I’M COMING AFTER YOU!”
“This is a fast-moving railroad without any concern for justice,” said Trump attorney John Lauro.
“The Truth post cited is the definition of political speech, and was in response to the RINO, China-loving, dishonest special interest groups and Super PACs, like the ones funded by the Koch brothers and the Club for No Growth,” the Trump campaign said.
On Fox News, Jesse Watters, noted that such things have always backfired against the Biden Administration: “So far, Biden’s attempts to arrest Trump are backfiring. Trump is now demolishing the Republican Primary Field. The harder the Washington establishment tries to separate Trump from the people, the tighter that bond becomes.”