President Joe Biden's Department of Justice is seeking to silence former President Donald Trump because of his Truth Social post in which Trump stated, "If you go after me, I'm coming for you!"
The DOJ appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith argued on Friday that Trump needs to have a strict court order to silence him about court proceedings.
The DOJ request, that was made hours after Trump posted to Truth Social, says that "the proposed order seeks to prevent... improper dissemination or use of discovery materials, including to the public."
When Trump was arrigned on Thursday, other conditions were announced that could hold Trump "pending trial" if he broke them. This measure would add to the already strict court conditions if approved.
These rules, according to NBC news, include that Trump can not engage in conduct that would influence official court proceedings nor "communicate about the facts of the case to any individual known to be a witness except through counsel."
Prosecutors argued Friday that the measure to keep Trump quiet would be imperative because he has shared information about the other pending indictments against him. Smith cited the post and said that Trump's team will be given evidence, "much of which includes sensitive and confidential information," and was concerned that it would be leaked online.
Source: Donald J. Trump Truth Social Post
If Trump posted the information, the prosecution said it could create a "harmful chilling effect on witnesses or adversely affect the fair administration of justice in this case."
On Friday evening, Trump delivered comments about the indictment in a speech at a Republican fundraiser in Alabama. He commented, “The fake charges put forth in their sham indictment are an outrageous criminalization of political speech. … They’re trying to make it illegal to question the results of a bad election. It was a very bad election."
Since the indictments have come down on Trump, he has still remained strong, with his polling numbers seeming to get a boost in many cases.
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