Judge considers petition to restrict Trump’s comments about FBI agents in classified documents

Judge considers petition to restrict Trump’s comments about FBI agents in classified documents
Judge considers petition to restrict Trump’s comments about FBI agents in classified documents

The judge Aileen Cannonin charge of the case of mishandling of classified documents by the former president and Republican pre-candidate donald trumpexamined this Monday a request from prosecutors in which they ask that he be prohibited from making comments that could put the lives of police officers at risk. FBI who registered their property at Mar-a-Lago.

The special prosecutor Jack Smith asked Cannon, Trump’s 2020 nominee, to deliver a “limited gag order” after the former president stated, according to the Special Prosecutor’s Office, that the agents who searched his Palm Beach home in search of classified documents endangered him and his family and had orders to respond violently if necessary. The agents who carried out the search at his Mar-a-Lago residence did so while Trump and his family were away from Florida.

In a fundraising email, Trump noted that the FBI agents who searched his Mar-a-Lago home for documents were “simply eager to do the unthinkable,” referring to the use of force, something he did not want. exceeds a normal protocol in a registry. Trump’s lawyers say any gag order would improperly silence his client in the midst of a presidential campaign in which he is the Republican candidate.

It is unknown when Cannon might rule on this point, after hearing arguments in a three-day hearing that began last Friday to address several unresolved legal issues that have accumulated in this case. Last May, Judge Cannon indefinitely postponed Trump’s trial date in Florida for the mishandling of confidential documents found in his Mar-a-Lago club, practically guaranteeing that the trial will not take place before the presidential elections next November, in which he will face the president Joe Biden.

Last Friday, federal Judge Cannon considered a request by Trump’s defense to dismiss the accusation of mishandling of documents, arguing that special counsel Jack Smith was illegally designated. Trump’s defense team maintained that the US attorney general, Merrick Garland, lacked legal authority to appoint Smith as special prosecutor in charge of the process. In addition, last Thursday it emerged that Cannon rejected the request of two federal judges to resign from presiding over the case, according to the newspaper. The New York Times.

In the same case, the Republican candidate faces charges of obstruction and willful withholding of official documents related to US security, which are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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