Biden's DOJ special counsel demands court stop Trump from talking about FBI's 'deadly force' authorization during Mar-a-Lago docs raid

"Jack Smith cited risks to law enforcement agents who engaged in the raid as the reason to demand Trump stop mentioning the conditions of how the search was directed to be carried out in the warrant."


On Friday, Federal prosecutors requested a gag order be placed on former President Donald Trump in Special Counsel Jack Smith's classified documents case in response to him posting on social media about the FBIs authorization of deadly force in the Mar-a-Lago raid, saying it could place officers in danger.

In the court filings, Smith asked the judge to modify the former president's conditions of release “to make clear that he may not make statements that pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents participating in the investigation and prosecution of this case”

Smith claimed that Trump intentionally made several "false and inflammatory" statements about how the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) executed its raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate in search of classified documents. Trump had pointed out that the agents in the raid were authorized to use deadly force if necessary.

"Those statements create a grossly misleading impression about the intentions and conduct of federal law enforcement agents—falsely suggesting that they were complicit in a plot to assassinate him—and expose those agents, some of whom will be witnesses at trial, to the risk of threats, violence, and harassment," The document read.

Earlier this week, unsealed documents from the case revealed that the FBI was authorized to use deadly force if needed when it raided the former president's home. "The Order contained a 'Policy Statement' regarding 'Use Of Deadly Force,' which stated, for example, 'Law enforcement officers of the Department of Justice may use deadly force when necessary...'." the unsealed document said.

In reaction to the report, Trump said, "WOW! I just came out of the Biden Witch Hunt Trial in Manhattan, the 'Icebox,' and was shown Reports that Crooked Joe Biden’s DOJ, in their Illegal and UnConstitutional Raid of Mar-a-Lago, AUTHORIZED THE FBI TO USE DEADLY (LETHAL) FORCE. NOW WE KNOW, FOR SURE, THAT JOE BIDEN IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO DEMOCRACY. HE IS MENTALLY UNFIT TO HOLD OFFICE — 25TH AMENDMENT!"

In the request to gag Trump, Smith claimed the former president was "well aware, the FBI took extraordinary care to execute the search warrant unobtrusively and without needless confrontation: they scheduled the search of Mar-a-Lago for a time when he and his family would be away; they planned to coordinate with Trump’s attorney, Secret Service agents, and Mar-a-Lago staff before and during the execution of the warrant; and they planned for contingencies—which, in fact, never came to pass—about with whom to communicate if Trump were to arrive on the scene."

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