Trump to Appeal ‘Unconstitutional’ Gag Order

Former President Donald Trump has announced his intention to challenge a restraining order imposed on him by a federal judge, barring him from making public statements that disparage witnesses, specific prosecutors, or court personnel connected to his indictment related to alleged efforts to undermine the 2020 election results.

Taking to his social media platform, Truth Social, Trump declared, “I will contest the gag order decision. This is nothing but a ‘WITCH HUNT!'”

The ruling, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, came after a hearing on Monday. Judge Chutkan emphasized that Trump’s status as a presidential candidate did not grant him a free pass to conduct a “smear campaign” against individuals involved in his legal case. She stated unequivocally, “No other defendant would be permitted to engage in such behavior, and I will not allow it in this instance.”

While speaking at a campaign event in Adel, Iowa, Trump voiced his disapproval of Judge Chutkan’s decision, saying, “Today, a judge imposed a gag order on me. I will potentially become the only politician in history to campaign under a gag order, restricting my ability to criticize individuals. Can you fathom this? Can you believe it? I am prohibited from criticizing people. We will appeal this decision, but it is profoundly unconstitutional. Fortunately, we enjoy tremendous support, which is truly remarkable.”

Judge Chutkan clarified that the gag order does not prevent Trump from critiquing President Joe Biden or alleging that the prosecution is driven by political motives, as reported by The New York Times. Trump has frequently targeted Judge Chutkan, special counsel Jack Smith, and President Biden through social media posts and public speeches since his indictment in August.

In summary, former President Trump is challenging a gag order imposed by Judge Chutkan, preventing him from making disparaging remarks about witnesses and legal personnel involved in his 2020 election-related indictment. Trump’s appeal is rooted in his belief that the order infringes upon his right to criticize individuals and is unconstitutional.