A federal judge has reinstated a gag order on former President Donald Trump, lifting a temporary hold placed on it earlier this month.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued the order on Sunday evening, rejecting Trump’s request to set aside the limitations on his public statements while he appeals.
Chutkan initially imposed the gag order at the request of prosecutors who argued that Trump’s inflammatory attacks on court officials and witnesses posed a risk and threatened the case. This ruling is unrelated to the fines Trump received in a New York state-court civil case for violating a directive to cease public statements.
The gag order was initially imposed at the request of prosecutors involved in special counsel Jack Smith’s case against Trump for charges related to his attempts to undermine the 2020 election.
The judge had argued that Trump’s repeated inflammatory attacks against prosecutors, court officials, and witnesses posed a risk and threatened the case. The order was temporarily paused due to initial resistance from Trump and his attorney, John Lauro, who had claimed that the order was vaguely worded, unmanageable, and unjustified.
Details of Chutkan’s latest ruling were not immediately available because of a court system outage. The reinstated gag order is separate from the one issued by a New York judge in a state-court civil case related to Trump’s business empire. Trump has been fined twice by the New York judge for violating a directive to cease public statements about court staff.
These legal developments continue to place restrictions on Trump’s public statements, particularly as he navigates multiple legal challenges and prepares for potential political endeavors in the future.