Trump wants judge to reject gag order request in election interference case
Why it matters: Trump's legal team argued in a court filing that such an order would violate his First Amendment rights and "unconstitutionally silence" the frontrunner in the GOP primary during the "most important months" of his 2024 campaign.
- "The Court should reject this transparent gamesmanship and deny the motion entirely," the lawyers wrote.
Driving the news: Special Counsel Jack Smith requested a "narrowly tailored" gag order for the former president earlier this month, arguing Trump tried to "undermine confidence in the criminal justice system and prejudice the jury pool."
- Trump's lawyers pushed back against the special counsel's claims.
- "It is absurd to suggest the prosecution and the Court are 'intimidated' by critical social media posts," Monday's filing stated.
- Trump and his team are entitled to counter the "harmful publicity" related to the case "with public statements of their own," Trump's lawyers wrote.
The big picture: Trump pleaded not guilty to all charges in the case in August.