Trump Gets Court Victory

( – Breaking away from other judges imposing First Amendment-violating gag orders, the judge overseeing Trump’s classified documents case denied the prosecutor’s request to prevent the former president from publicly discussing the FBI agents involved in the Mar-a-Lago raid.

District Judge Aileen Cannon noted that the prosecutors had not consulted with Trump’s legal team before submitting their gag order request, which came in just before a long holiday weekend.

“Because the filing of the Special Counsel’s motion did not adhere to these basic requirements, it is due to be denied without prejudice,” Cannon stated in her decision.

Trump’s legal representatives had sought penalties against the prosecutors for what they called “unconstitutional censorship.”

Trump’s lawyers argued:

“President Donald J. Trump respectfully submits this procedural opposition to the May 24, 2024 filing by the Special Counsel’s Office, which improperly asks the Court to impose an unconstitutional gag order on President Trump, as a condition of his pretrial release, based on vague and unsupported assertions about threats to law enforcement personnel whose names have been redacted from public filings and whose identities are already subject to a protective order.”

Trump recently revealed that the law enforcement officials who entered his property were overly aggressive, saying they were “authorized to shoot me” and “locked & loaded ready to take me out & put my family in danger.”

Responding to these remarks, the special counsel’s team claimed in their filing that Trump’s statements could significantly endanger the agents involved in this case.

According to court documents, the FBI maintained its standard procedure during the search, which restricts the use of lethal force unless there is a clear and immediate risk of serious harm or death to an officer or others.

In defense of his actions, Trump cited the Presidential Records Act (PRA), arguing that it covers his handling of the documents found at Mar-a-Lago.

However, Special Counsel Jack Smith has charged Trump with 32 felony counts related to the unlawful retention of national defense intelligence.

Smith countered that the documents in question are not personal presidential records but are considered government property that should have been archived.

The indictment specifies that these records involve national security information produced by intelligence agencies established by Congress and funded by taxpayers.

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