The criminal case involving Donald Trump is being handled by Judge Tanya Chutkan in Washington D.C. This week, the special counsel for the case, Jack Smith, asked the judge to limit the former president's public statements. Following Smith's request, the judge ordered the lawyers for both the defense and the prosecution to come up with a schedule for a hearing regarding the issue.
In his request for a protective order, Smith cited Trump's recent post on his social media platform, which threatened to retaliate against those who oppose him. He said that the president's statements could affect the witnesses and other individuals involved in the case.
In response, Trump’s lawyers stated that granting the request would violate the president's First Amendment rights. They also claimed that it was politically motivated, and targeted Trump, who is the administration's primary political opponent.
They argued that it would be unconstitutional for the judge to impose regulations on Trump's political speech. A spokesperson for the president also stated that the former president's statements were protected speech. Judge Chutkan set a hearing for Tuesday afternoon, and she indicated that she wanted to hear arguments about the issue before the end of the week.
As a conservative news writer, I would likely argue that restricting the president's statements is unconstitutional. In addition, I would criticize Smith's request for being politically motivated.