A federal judge on Sunday reinstated a gag order she imposed on Donald Trump in the Washington case accusing him of trying to overturn his 2020 election defeat, denying his bid for a stay pending appeal.
The order prohibited Trump from targeting the special counsel prosecuting his case or witnesses who might be called to testify about his efforts to upend his election loss.
US District Judge Tanya Chutkan imposed the gag order at the Justice Department’s request.
She temporarily lifted it on Oct. 20 after Trump’s lawyers appealed.
And she reversed that decision on Sunday evening, according to the court’s docket.
A copy of the judge’s order reinstating the gag was not immediately available.
Trump in the past has called Special Counsel Jack Smith a “deranged lunatic” and a “thug,” among other insults.
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Earlier this week, federal prosecutors quietly withdrew a subpoena seeking records from former President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 campaign, as part of the investigation into whether his political and fundraising operation committed any crimes.
The office of Special Counsel Jack Smith decided to kill the subpoena to the Trump campaign shortly after the withdrawal of a similar subpoena to political action committee Save America, which was formed by Trump’s aides shortly after his 2020 election challenges were dismissed.
The subpoenas into the two organizations, Donald J. Trump for President Inc. and Save America, suggest that Smith’s office is slowing or potentially ending its months-long investigation into Trump and his political operation. The investigation charges that Trump violated laws by using election fraud claims to raise funds.
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