In federal court in Washington, DC, Judge Chutkan listened to the arguments of the parties for nearly 90 minutes regarding the case’s evidence and the protection order that would prevent the witnesses from being publicly disclosed, requested by Justice Department prosecutors.
Stating that Trump, like every American, has the right to freedom of expression under the First Amendment to the Constitution, Chutkan said, “However, this right is not absolute.” made its assessment.
Chutkan refused prosecutors’ request for a protection order to prevent all evidence from being made public, and ordered that only some deemed “sensitive” material be preserved.
Warning the parties to pay special attention to the statements they made about the case, Chutkan gave the message that the political campaign process would not affect the case.
Protection order request
Justice Department prosecutors had requested a federal judge to issue a protection order after Trump shared on his social media account that he would “get the same reckoning with those who pursued him”.
Arguing that Trump’s post was particularly important in the case, prosecutors argued that the post included “witnesses, judges, lawyers and others involved in legal matters pending against him”.
It was noted that the proposed protection order was intended to prevent Trump and his lawyers from disclosing government-supplied materials to persons other than approved officials.
“If you come after me, I will follow you!” Trump tweeted in capital letters. had used the phrase.
In the lawsuit filed regarding the allegation that he tried to turn the 2020 presidential elections in his favor in the USA, Trump was accused of “conspiring to mislead the United States”, “conspiracy to block an official process”, “interfering and attempting to hinder an official process”, “conspiracy to deceive the electorate”. conspiracy to prevent them from exercising their rights”.
Trump denied the charges against him, declaring that the case was “election interference” and “witchcraft.”