Trump’s New Judge Considers Protective Order

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( – The judge tasked with handling Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 trial imposed a new deadline by which the two sides need to have their arguments ready to determine whether or not a protective order is necessary for this case.

According to a recent report, Judge Tanya Chutkan had called the legal teams from both sides to come to a meeting on Tuesday, in which they will be looking to agree on two possible dates where they can hold a hearing for the order to be discussed. The deadline has been set as Friday.

MSNBC legal analyst and attorney Lisa Rubin took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to react to the decision made by the judge. As she argued, the fact that the judge put out the brief at 9 p.m. shows that she is committed to hearing the two sides by Friday and that she will not mess around.

The protective order would stop former President Donald Trump, who is the 2024 Republican primary race frontrunner, from discussing any of the material and evidence that will be provided to him as part of the case. However, while a protective order is a standard in criminal cases, Trump has argued that it would be a violation of his First Amendment right to free speech. Still, federal prosecutors are worried about the possibility that Trump might disclose important information for the case to the public.

Prosecutors have also used Trump’s previous Truth Social posts where he targeted prosecutors, attorneys, judges, and witnesses as proof that the protective order was needed.

Previously Chutkan had given Trump’s legal team until Monday at 5 p.m. to accept or reject Smith’s protective order. They were also given the option of submitting a revised proposal. Trump’s lawyers on Monday argued against the motion and suggested that the narrow limits placed by prosecutors were an attempt to limit Trump’s First Amendment rights.

They further argued that this was even worse if one considered that Trump was the primary opponent of the current administration in the upcoming election.

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