According to a source close to the legal team, a Manhattan judge is expected to put a gag order on former President Donald Trump as the case against him awaits trial.
Democrats were hoping that a gag order would be another way they could silence former President Trump and capture him in a catch-twenty. However, the judge did not impose such an order.
Initially, Trump’s legal team attacked such a suggestion.
Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung told Breitbart News that any attempt to prevent Trump from exercising his First Amendment right is “a tyrannical, third–world country move.”
Any attempt to circumvent the ban could see the former President in handcuffs, facing a fine of up to $1,000 and as many as 30 days in jail.
Despite this, a defiant Trump is still expected to make a speech at Mar–a–Lago on Tuesday evening while his legal team plans to file a long-shot motion to have the case dismissed.
There is almost no doubt that such an issue will be ordered:
After the indictment was handed down last week, legal experts floated the idea that Bragg would implement a gag order.
“I think it’s not only a possibility, but it’s extremely likely that there will be a gag order in the case,” Duncan Levin, a former federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice, told Insider. “Gag orders are very common in criminal cases, particularly in cases where there is an enormous amount of pretrial publicity like this one.”
Of course, silencing the presumptive presidential nominee for the Republican Party in 2024 is a rather astounding turn of events, and will likely be construed by conservatives as an abject affront to the First Amendment.