Skip to comments.Judge Chutkan Blocks DOJ Request to Jail Trump Over Gag Order Violation
Posted on 10/31/2023 11:11:52 AM PDT by Red Badger
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing Donald Trump’s election interference case, threw the former president a lifeline during a late Sunday filing.
Newsweek reported that Chutkan turned away a request from the Department of Justice to put Trump in jail for violating a gag order she re-imposed on him. In a footnote reinstating the gag order, the judge denied federal prosecutors’ request to incorporate her order into the conditions of Trump’s release.
“Even assuming that request is procedurally proper, the court concludes that granting it is not necessary to effectively enforce the order at this time,” she wrote.
The order lifted a temporary hold she placed on her initial gag order, determining that “the right to a fair trial is not [Trump’s] alone but belongs also to the government and the public.”
Chutkan “also denied Trump’s request to issue a long-term stay of the order, which bars the former president from publicly targeting court personnel, potential witnesses, or the special counsel’s team, while his appeal of it played out,” CNN added.
Former federal prosecutor and elected state attorney Michael McAuliffe told the outlet that the judge was very likely merely being “careful and deliberate” in her ruling because the case has drawn immense scrutiny.
“She certainly knows her every action, including small decisions about the gag order, will be scrutinized and appealed,” McAuliffe told Newsweek. “As such, she is taking a decidedly incremental approach. A good judge knows to wait until issues are ripe for resolution.”
Earlier this month, Chutkan temporarily froze the gag order she previously issued against the 45th president “to give the parties more time to brief her on the former president’s request to pause the order while his appeal of it plays out,” CNN reported at the time.
The outlet added: “Chutkan also said that the Justice Department has until Wednesday to respond to Trump’s request for a longer pause on the gag order and that Trump would have until the following Saturday to reply to the government’s filing. Trump has already appealed the gag order to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and in a 33-page filing on Friday, his attorneys urged Chutkan to pause the order while that appeal plays out.”
“Trump has already appealed the gag order to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, and in a 33-page filing on Friday, his attorneys urged Chutkan to pause the order while that appeal plays out,” CNN reported.
After she reimposed it on Sunday, Trump went off over it on his Truth Social platform.
“I have just learned that the very Biased, Trump Hating Judge in D.C., who should have RECUSED herself due to her blatant and open loathing of your favorite President, ME, has reimposed a GAG ORDER which will put me at a disadvantage against my prosecutorial and political opponents,” he wrote.
“This order, according to many legal scholars, is unthinkable! It illegally and unconstitutionally takes away my First Amendment Right of Free Speech, in the middle of my campaign for President, where I am leading against BOTH Parties in the Polls,” he added.
“Few can believe this is happening, but I will appeal. How can they tell the leading candidate that he, and only he, is seriously restricted from campaigning in a free and open manner? It will not stand!” he continued.
He added later: “The Obama appointed Federal Judge in D.C, a TRUE TRUMP HATER, is incapable of giving me a fair trial. Her Hatred of President DONALD J. TRUMP is so great that she has been diagnosed with a major, and incurable, case of TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME!!!”
Axios added: “Prosecutors had argued that a gag order was necessary to protect the integrity of judicial proceedings, but Trump’s lawyers said it would violate his right to free speech and restrict his 2024 campaign.”
Where the Hell is the Supreme Court??? Are they Communist too..
Another Dept. of Jester strikeout! Maybe there is hope for Chutkan. They aren’t going to get their lynching that easy. Why hasn’t a gag order been issued against Jo Jo the PedoClown and his sidekick “Hunter”.
Liberal Dems, DOJ, FBI...all the way to FJB are trying really hard to go full KGB on this country. Whats the over-under for PDJT getting mysteriously poisoned / disappeared?
The DOJ actually mad this request? And not a word of this in the news, wouldn't this be headline news, newspaper BOLD headlines, evening news led story?
She wants him taken out on the way to one of his appearances. She doesn’t want an Epstein or Oswald fiasco.
The sate has essentially put itself into the final solution phase of Trump management.
Please show me where this exists in the Sixth Amendment:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.The right belongs to the defendant. It is a protection against an overbearing government that is abusing the justice system against their enemies.
Also, from the Declaration of Independence:
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.-PJ
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
Who at the DOJ is requesting Trump be jailed?
Im sure that Obiden has nothing to do with it seeings how the DOJ has had him, his son under investigation for THE LAST 15 YEARS! What kind of organization let’s a known criminal/possible traitor occupy the Whitehouse as POTUS?
The DOJ is out of control. Has been for over 20 years.
This judge is making a fine mess that someone else will have to clean up
Prosecutors got to prosecute.
Throwing Trump in jail will likely create a Ft. Sumter event.
The Rats don’t want that. Not yet anyway.
But it is in the works. They will do this. It’s just a matter of time.
But I wonder if they know this will be a win/win for Trump and us conservatives?
The DC court is overseen by Roberts. It’s no secret Roberts dislikes Trump and he is rat friendly. Anyone can see he should have done something about this circus but his contempt for Trump is very much in play here.
The Supreme Court has been no where to be found since the 2020 election. They have their heads in the sand. This branch of government is a large part of the problem. They are against everyday people.
She threw HERSELF a life-line, not Trump.
woke ideological black women in politics are the jihadis and suicide bombers of the deep-state and statist Left. They use them as cover, and for extreme political operations they wouldn’t dare do themselves.
No, just corrupt for the most part.
SCOTUS revealed their true allegiances in December 2020. they had the power to stop what obviously was a stolen presidential election but did nothing. When SCOTUS said the 19 states suing the swing states that unconstitutionally changed their election law had no standing, it was clear the fix was in.
Yeah the no standing dodge was absolute BS. It was a Presidential election every US citizen had standing because every US citizen is affected by a stolen election.
And yet they got a grand jury in DC to convict Trump on Mar Lago documents. Judge should have thrown that out and forced DOJ to do another grand jury of his peers where the supposed crime was committed. Not understanding how this is being allowed to proceed.
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