Judge Tanya Chutkan suspends gag order on Donald Trump as his appeal is litigated

October 22, 2023

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has temporarily suspended the gag order on former President Donald Trump as he appeals her decision to effectively silence him during a case over hishandling of classified documents.

Chutkan's order prohibited Trump from publicly attacking the court staff, the prosecution, and any potential witnesses.

The biggest issue Trump's team sees with the order is that the prosecution was protected by it, which, considering the arguably politically impactful nature of this case, is to them extremely problematic.

The gag order amounts to censorship of the leading GOP candidate in the 2024 presidential race, who is being prosecuted by someone many consider to be a highly political actor.

Trump's ability to be open and update voters on how his opponents are treating him is critical to avoid accusations of election interference.

Hopefully, higher courts will overturn the gag order or at least modify it. As it stands right now, the order is a clear attempt at silencing Trump and keeping voters in the dark about what is really going on.

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