Trump appeals gag order in D.C. election case


Former US President Donald Trump attends a trial in a Manhattan court in a civil fraud case in New York, October 17, 2023.

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Donald Trump’s lawyers said Tuesday they have appealed the partial gag order imposed on the former president in the federal election interference case in Washington, D.C.

Trump vowed to appeal a gag order issued by US District Judge Tanya Chutkan, which bars him from making public statements targeting figures including special counsel Jack Smith and potential witnesses.

Chutkan wrote in issuing the order that Trump’s statements attacking various people involved in the criminal case pose “serious threats to the integrity of these proceedings.”

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Trump claimed the executive order would hinder his ability to speak during the 2024 presidential election campaign.

Defense attorney John Lauro filed notice Tuesday afternoon that Trump is appealing Chutkan’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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