On Monday, Obama-appointed judge Tanya Chutkan issued a partial gag order to President Donald Trump.
The order forbids Trump from speaking out about Special Counsel Jack Smith.
This means Trump is forbidden from making any statements or criticisms about potential witnesses or prosecutors.
Never one to take anything lying down, President Trump swiftly responded to the news.
“A TERRIBLE THING HAPPENED TO DEMOCRACY TODAY – GAG ORDER!” stated Trump on Truth Social.
A full statement was also provided by Liz Harrington.
NEWS: Donald Trump is now legally *barred* from attacking special counsel Jack Smith or his team with inflammatory rhetoric and assailing prospective witnesses or court personnel.
Chutkan said she will impose “sanctions” if she sees any violations.https://t.co/VSHmpc2sY0
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) October 16, 2023
Politico reported on the gag order:
Can Donald Trump be gagged?
That’s the question at the heart of a federal hearing Monday, when U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan will consider whether to order the former president to stop attacking potential witnesses, prosecutors and court officials involved in his federal case over election fraud.
If Chutkan agrees that Trump’s penchant for public invective should be restrained, it will be his first brush with court-ordered consequences in a criminal case — consequences that, at least in theory, could be backed by the threat of jail time.
And a gag order would immediately raise two questions that could define his bid to retake the White House: Is Trump capable of abiding by a court-ordered restriction on his speech? And what is Chutkan prepared to do if he isn’t?
Obama-appointed Judge issues gag order on President Trump
Just so we’re clear, Biden gets to weaponize the DOJ to falsely accuse his top political opponent of serious crimes, drain him of millions of dollars in legal
fees, pull him off the campaign trail, and potentially throw… pic.twitter.com/KLOeejJ1MZ
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) October 16, 2023
Obama-appointed leftist Judge Chutkan just imposed a gag order on President Trump at the request of the corrupt “Special Counsel” and corrupt Biden DOJ.
This is more massive election interference to stop Trump – in order to stop YOU.
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) October 16, 2023
In imposing the Gag order on President @realDonaldTrump Judge Chutkan said “His presidential candidacy does not give him carte blanche to vilify public servants who are simply doing their job”. Really, Judge? I suspect that Trump’s 1st amendment rights and the Supreme Court may…
— Todd Headlee (@ToddHeadleeAZ) October 16, 2023
A Jamaican born judge out of Washington DC just put a gag order on President Trump in his Jan 6 case
These people are straight up TYRANTS
The Supreme Court needs to get involved and fix this ASAP
— Hodgetwins (@hodgetwins) October 16, 2023
What Judge Chutkan did is DESPICABLE. Under NO CONDITION should President Trump have a gag order placed against him. They want to SILENCE Trump because he’s leading in the polls. ELECTION INTERFERENCE!!
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) October 16, 2023
Just as I said earlier today, the worst thing happened.
Judge Tanya Chutkan, the judge in President Trump’s case who was appointed by Obama, just imposed a gag order on President Trump.
This means he’s is not allowed to publicly comment or post on social media about Special… https://t.co/gBGOwYfoSf
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) October 16, 2023
Trump didn’t waste any time responding to the news on his Truth Social platform.
Trump Responds to Judge Chutkan’s Gag Order
— The Gateway Pundit (@gatewaypundit) October 16, 2023
The Gateway Pundit has more on Trump’s response:
“A TERRIBLE THING HAPPENED TO DEMOCRACY TODAY – GAG ORDER!” Trump said on Truth Social as he was about to land in Adel, Iowa for a campaign rally.
Trump’s spokeswoman Liz Harrington also released a statement on Chutkan’s gag order.
“Today’s decision is an absolute abomination and another partisan knife stuck in the heart of our Democracy by Crooked Joe Biden, who was granted the right to muzzle his political opponent, the leading candidate for the Presidency in 2024, and the most popular political leader in America, President Donald J. Trump. President Trump will continue to fight for our Constitution, the American people’s right to support him, and to keep our country free of the chains of weaponized and targeted law enforcement,” Liz Harrington said.
Trump made it clear that he will be appealing the order.
TRUMP WILL APPEAL THE GAG ORDER RULING. pic.twitter.com/SQIDRdWkii
— Freedom 🇺🇸🦅 (@PU28453638) October 16, 2023
Trump Spokeswoman Liz Harrington provided a statement as well:
“Today’s decision is an absolute abomination and another partisan knife stuck in the heart of our Democracy by Crooked Joe Biden, who was granted the right to muzzle his political opponent, the leading candidate for the Presidency in 2024… pic.twitter.com/vAYBT3Eqcw
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) October 16, 2023
This attempt to silence & imprison @JoeBiden‘s leading political opponent is a banana republic tactic affirmed by a kangaroo court.
This gag order MUST be immediately appealed, & President Trump’’s 1st Amendment Rights restored.
In the meantime, I will NEVER stop speaking on… pic.twitter.com/BUSn87J1MK
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) October 16, 2023
MTG incensed after President Trump hit with new gag order:
“This entire operation is run by Joe Biden, his political opponent, and nothing more than election interference. This is the weaponization of government!” pic.twitter.com/CwL79UM9UH
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) October 16, 2023