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Donald Trump, accustomed to attacks on his opponents and those involved in investigations against him, will have to keep his tongue in his pocket for the investigation into the results of the 2020 US election.
UNITED STATES – Keep your tongue in your pocket: A big challenge for a former US president. Victims of attacks by Donald Trump, lawyers, court staff and witnesses in the former head of state’s trial for allegedly trying to sway the 2020 election results will now be protected.
That’s actually the desire shown by a judge on Monday, October 16, in a federal trial targeting Donald Trump. Henceforth, he is prohibited from making any public comment on certain direct or indirect actors in his investigation.
At the end of a hearing that lasted more than two hours in a Washington court, Judge Tanya Sutgan partially granted special prosecutor Jack Smith’s request. “crazy” and his peers “Thugs”.
“It’s not allowed for any other defendant, and I won’t allow it in this case.”, the judge declared. However, he indicated that the written decision, which was released in the wee hours targeting both the prosecution and the defence, would be released later in the day.
On the other hand, Judge Sudken decided to reject a similar request by the prosecution for potential criticism aimed at the federal capital and its population or the administration of Joe Biden. A ministry that has become the scapegoat of an American billionaire who mentions the nickname whenever he gets the chance. Ministry of Justice ».
The implacable judge wanted to recall the accused’s candidature in the 2024 presidential election. “Don’t give him carte blanche to denigrate civil servants doing their job”.
The US election will not postpone the trial
During the debates, he repeatedly cited harsh criticisms the accused had posted on social media against him or against Washington and its citizens. She asked both sides to decide what kind of comment she wanted to approve or ban.
Thus, Donald Trump will have full freedom — or almost — to attack his former vice president, Mike Pence. But only at the political level. So it is impossible for the 45th President of the United States to attack his former ally as a potential witness in this case.
Another important matter examined today in connection with the proper conduct of this inquiry is the possibility of adjournment so as not to interfere with the election of the President of the United States. A big challenge for Donald Trump, who has been officially the candidate for months, despite the ongoing trials against his person.
“The simple solution would be to hold this inquiry after the election and resolve the issue.”To provoke Donald Trump’s attorney, John LaRoe.
But, unsurprisingly, the US magistrate again rejected defense requests for an adjournment. Barring any backlash, Donald Trump’s impeachment trial to reverse the outcome of the last presidential election is scheduled to begin on March 4, 2024.
“This test is not subject to the election calendar”, she said. On the prosecution side, attorney Molly Gaston, however, sees a growing danger. With the fear that “the trial will be held in the public square rather than this court”. A “Contamination of the Jury Before It Is Set”.
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