Courtroom Clash Over Trump Gag Order Before Biden Debate

In a spectacular display of the judicial circus surrounding former President Donald Trump, the courtroom turned into a battleground as Attorney Todd Blanche gave Judge Aileen Cannon a piece of his mind. Picture this: a judge, a prosecutor, and Trump’s lawyer squaring off over whether Trump should have his mouth zipped up about his upcoming debate with President Joe Biden. Château de Crazytown, anyone?

Blanche, with the eloquence of a conservative Shakespeare, argued that any gag order would essentially put Trump in a straitjacket while Biden gets free reign to take cheap shots during their Thursday CNN debate. As if censoring a former president wasn’t enough, Blanche argued that Trump’s simple act of self-defense could result in an orange jumpsuit over a tailored suit. Talk about a political fashion faux pas.

On the flip side, David Harbach, apparently moonlighting as a federal prosecutor for Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith, took to the stage like a method actor in a legal drama. He pleaded with Judge Cannon to duct tape Trump’s mouth shut on the whole classified documents shebang. His rhetorical skills might have been award-worthy, but it seems Cannon wasn’t handing out any trophies, only questions. Harbach might have thought he was being grilled on a game show rather than a courtroom as he struggled to keep pace with Cannon’s inquiries.

Amid the legal dramaturgy, Blanche made it clear that any slip of Trump’s tongue come debate night could be spun into grounds for an arrest warrant. The special counsel and his crew appear to be itching to slap the former president with a muzzle order—anything to distract from the DOJ’s own sins, like authorizing deadly force during their Mar-a-Lago caper last August. Harbach even called Trump’s comments about this debacle “inflammatory” and “inviting retributive violence.” Pot, meet kettle.

With documents talking faster than a D.C. gossip, Judge Cannon gave both sides until Wednesday to submit their final bits of paperwork before the gag order showdown. She’s kept the trial in limbo, which should be no surprise to anyone familiar with the snail’s pace of government bureaucracy. Meanwhile, Trump and Biden are gearing up for the gladiatorial debate in Atlanta.

The two old-timers will duke it out in a platform blessed (or cursed) by the oversight of CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash. Nothing screams unbiased moderation like the dynamic duo of left-leaning commentators. And with just two commercial breaks, viewers might want to brace themselves for more interruptions from spinning narratives than Suddenlink commercials. Hold onto your MAGA hats, folks—Thursday night’s bout promises to be more thrilling than a rollercoaster ride at Six Flags.

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