(ConservativeSense.com) – Former President Donald Trump says he will appeal the court gag order that was reimposed on him last weekend during his federal case for alleged election interference, arguing that the decision is politically motivated as well as unconstitutional.
Shortly after the decision by US District Judge Tanya Chutkan was announced, Trump took to his social media platform, Truth Social, to rant his thoughts on the matter. The former president called Chutkan “very biased” and said the gag order imposed on him puts him in a disadvantaged position. His legal team has also argued that the gag order violates Trump’s First Amendment right to free speech.
According to Trump, he claims that “many legal scholars” view the order as “unthinkable.” The gag order “illegally and unconstitutionally” suspends Trump’s free speech rights, he claims, specifically “in the middle” of his presidential campaign. Trump pointed out that he remains way ahead of “both parties” according to the polls.
“Few can believe” it’s happening, Trump said, but he “will appeal.” He then asked how a “leading candidate” can be “seriously restricted from campaigning in a free and open manner,” which the former president said “will not stand.”
The gag order was reinstated by Chutkan, who is overseeing Trump’s federal case on charges of election interference. The judge brought back the order just nine days after the order was lifted temporarily so that Trump and his legal team could appeal. The order, which was originally enacted on October 16, bars the former president from making particular public statements about prosecutors and witnesses that may be disparaging while his case is ongoing.
In another Truth Social post on Sunday, Trump also raised questions about the timing surrounding the cases that the Department of Justice has brought against him—questions he’s asked before. Trump wonders why “the lawsuits and indictments” weren’t brought against him “3 years ago” by “Crooked Joe Biden” and instead “right in the middle” of his presidential campaign.
Trump faces four felony counts related to election interference during the 2020 presidential election. He’s pleaded not guilty on all counts.
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