DC appeals court grants Trump stay on gag order

November 5, 2023

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted former President Donald Trump a temporary stay on Judge Tanya Chutkan's gag order until it can fully review the case and rule on its merits.

Chutkan tried to bar Trump from making any critical comments about witnesses and prosecutors in Jack Smith's case against him over the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

Trump filed to have the gag order lifted, saying it was too restrictive of his free speech rights as a candidate for president in 2024.

Trump's legal team will have until Tuesday to make its case for permanently staying Chutkan's order.

Chutkan argued that Trump's targets could be the target of threats or even have violence inflicted upon them.

Trump's team acknowledged this possibility but argued that his free speech rights still stand, declaring that law enforcement can deal with any threats or violence that unfortunately arise from his words.

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