Donald Trump’s legal team allegedly is anticipating that the Manhattan court will issue a gag order while this case is awaiting trial.
The court will take an “unprecedented step” in order to silence a 2024 presidential contender, according to an insider close to Trump’s legal team, who also spoke with the Daily Mail. A gag order could make it more difficult for him to speak out against judicial misconduct during the primary.
According to the insider, “the Trump legal team now believes that the Manhattan court will take the historic action of silencing the front-runner for president with an unconstitutional gag injunction tomorrow. The Trump legal team will fight this all the way and is thinking about including a First Amendment attorney to the effort to do so,” the statement continued.
In reaction to the reports of a possible gag order, Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung informed reported of the fact that the former president promotes free speech and added that Americans should be very worried about any efforts to restrict free speech like this.
The leading candidate for president, President Donald Trump, stands for openness together with our U.S. Constitution, and any effort to prevent the candidate from using his First Amendment right represents a tyrannical, third-world nation move that further demonstrates that this is nothing other than a political witch-hunt utilizing a weaponized system of justice,” Cheung said. “Any effort to prevent President Trump from using his voice to speak truth to power shouldn’t ever be condoned. All Americans should be worried about their rights being violated. The Manhattan DA’s entire ‘targeted campaign’ is a total political charade designed to influence and tamper with an election in order to harm President Trump and his followers.”
According to NY law, if Donald Trump violates this gag order, he could be hit with a $1,000 fee and even up to 30 days in jail. The former president, who calmly submitted himself to the prosecution in New York, still intends to deliver an address at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday evening despite the awaiting order. The AP reports:
“As he attempts to convey a sense of defiance and strength and turn the indictment into a political asset that will help his 2024 presidency campaign, Trump is anticipated to be joined in Florida by supporters shortly after returning from Manhattan, where he’s expected to willingly turn himself in.”
“Trump has been thrust back into the headlines due to the criminal charges, and he loves media attention. While some of his attorneys would’ve rather he remain silent, his campaign believes that the development has energized those who support him. Trump’s lawyers and aides had been debating the wisdom of him speaking to reporters following the arraignment as they tried to process the news of an indictment that had caught many of them off guard.”
Additionally, his legal team intends to submit a petition to drop the case right away.