DOJ Eyes Another Trump Gag Order In Latest Indictment 

The Department of Justice has asked a judge to issue a protective order in the case against former President Donald Trump following the former president’s latest indictment.

Special Counsel Jack Smith filled the request on Friday, using one of Trump’s Truth Social posts as an excuse to make the demand. 

“IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I’M COMING AFTER YOU,”  Trump wrote in all capital letters. 

Smith sighted the post when arguing that the former president’s access to discovery in the criminal case should be restricted. 

“Such a restriction is particularly important in this case because the defendant has previously issued public statements on social media regarding witnesses, judges, attorneys, and others associated with legal matters pending against him,” Smith argued. “And in recent days, regarding this case, the defendant has issued multiple posts either specifically or by implication including the following (the Truth Social post), which the defendant posted just hours ago.”

Smith argued that Trump could harm the case if he began issuing public posts using details or grand jury transcripts obtained in discovery.

Trump’s latest indictment results from Smith’s latest investigation into the former president’s alleged attempts to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election. 

A federal grand jury indicted Trump on Obstruction of and Attempt to Obstruct an Official Proceeding, Conspiracy to Obstruct an Official Proceeding, Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and Conspiracy Against Rights. Trump appeared before a federal court on Thursday, where he pleaded not guilty to all four charges.

A spokesperson from Trump’s camp hit back at Smith’s reference to the Truth Social post, saying the post had nothing to do with the case. 

”The Truth post cited is the definition of political speech, and was in response to the RINO, China-loving, dishonest special interest groups and Super PACs, like the ones funded by the Koch brothers and the Club for No Growth,” the spokesperson said.

The DOJ filed a similar request in June following Trump’s indictment in connection to the classified files. 

Prosecutors sought to prevent Trump from revealing any evidence connected to his federal indictment to the public.