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Gag order request in Trump’s Florida case meets strong opposition as defense demands sanctions against prosecutors


Florida – Former President Donald Trump is never out of the spotlight. Recently, Trump made incendiary allegations that the FBI was prepared to kill him during the Mar-a-Lago raid in Florida, which resulted in a request for a gag order from Special Counsel Smith. Smith’s request was met with strong opposition from Trump’s defense, which is now demanding sanctions against the prosecutors.

Gag order request in Trump's Florida case meets strong opposition as defense demands sanctions against prosecutors

Trump’s View on the Mar-a-Lago raid

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 40 charges related to the willful retention of government documents and obstruction of their retrieval. These charges stem from an August 2022 raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate, where FBI agents found a substantial amount of material. Trump’s campaign recently sent a fundraising email alleging that “Biden’s DOJ was locked and loaded for deadly force at Mar-a-Lago,” and Trump himself suggested on his Truth Social platform that the DOJ under President Joe Biden had authorized his assassination.

Rejection of Trump’s Allegations by FBI and DOJ

Trump’s narrative has been firmly rebutted by the FBI and Attorney General Merrick Garland, explaining that the Mar-a-Lago raid followed “standard protocol” and included a standard policy statement on the use of deadly force. Garland labeled these allegations as “false” and “extremely dangerous.” The FBI clarified that their operations during the search followed routine protocols, consistent with those used during a search of President Joe Biden’s Delaware home concerning a separate investigation into his handling of classified documents.

Donald Trump’s defense attorneys have urged Judge Aileen Cannon to dismiss the request for a gag order filed by special counsel Jack Smith in the classified documents case. The defense team also called for contempt charges against the federal prosecutors responsible for the motion, which aims to limit Trump’s public comments about law enforcement activities related to his case.

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The controversy began when Smith’s office asked Judge Aileen Cannon to implement a gag order restricting Trump from publicly discussing law enforcement personnel who searched his Mar-a-Lago estate in 2022. The request highlighted concerns about Trump’s repeated and misleading criticisms of the FBI’s use of deadly force policy—a standard protocol for all warrant executions by the bureau.

In a forceful response filed on Memorial Day, Trump’s lawyers condemned the gag order proposal as “extraordinary, unprecedented, and unconstitutional censorship application.” They argued that the special counsel’s request “improperly asks the Court to impose an unconstitutional gag order on President Trump,” based on “vague and unsupported assertions” about potential threats to redacted law enforcement personnel, who are already protected under existing court orders.

The defense described the prosecutors as “self-appointed Thought Police,” accusing them of attempting to condition Trump’s liberty based on their subjective viewpoints. They strongly opposed the suggestion that Trump’s pre-trial release conditions include the gag order, which would allow a probation officer, rather than a judge, to assess any violations by Trump. This, they argued, would put Trump at risk of being unjustly imprisoned by political adversaries, especially as he campaigns for presidency.

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Call for Sanctions Against Prosecutors

Further escalating the legal standoff, Trump’s legal team demanded that Judge Cannon sanction “all government attorneys who participated in the decision to file the Motion.” This bold statement underscores the defense’s strategy to combat what they perceive as a politically motivated suppression of Trump’s freedom of speech.

Trump is already under a gag order in a separate federal election interference case in Washington, D.C., and in an ongoing hush money trial in New York state court. These existing restrictions compound the complexity of the situation as Trump faces multiple legal battles simultaneously.

The special counsel maintained that Trump’s misleading statements posed serious risks to law enforcement officers, potentially inviting threats and harassment against them—a concern amplified by Trump’s vocal and contentious public profile. Prosecutors cited instances where individuals involved in legal actions against Trump faced targeted harassment following his incendiary remarks.

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This legal battle not only highlights the tense political climate but also underscores the significant legal challenges Trump faces as he remains a central figure in several high-profile investigations.

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