A federal appeals court Friday mostly upheld a partial gag order barring former President Donald Trump from targeting witnesses in his election interference case.
The three-judge panel of the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals backed Judge Tanya Chutkan’s order barring Trump from making statements about witnesses in the explosive case that is set to go on trial March 4.
“Trump’s public statements pose a significant and imminent threat to the fair and orderly adjudication of the ongoing criminal proceeding,” the unanimous ruling said.
The appeals judges did narrow the ruling by permitting Trump to continue his trademark nasty attacks on special counsel Jack Smith, whom he regularly derides as a “lunatic” and worse on social media.
Trump says the gag order violates his First Amendment rights, a claim most legal analysts scoff at. He has said he will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court if necessary.
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