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Donald Trump will be the subject of a narrow gag order in his federal elections case if Special Counsel Jack Smith gets his way, but there is a "less problematic" answer for Judge Chutkan, according to a former federal prosecutor.
Trump lashed out at Smith Friday night, both on social media and during a speech at a prayer summit, after Chutkan unsealed the request by Smith to limit what the former president says about the case. Trump also appeared to admit he lost the 2020 election at the prayer summit.
Numerous legal experts have suggested the gag order request was long overdue, but former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti suggested there is a better option to avoid some of the potential pitfalls that come with restricting Trump's speech amid a campaign.
"Jack Smith was smart to put Trump’s misconduct in front of the judge. She is not going to like it, and it certainly won’t make her more inclined to rule in his favor," Mariotti wrote Friday. "But Judge Chutkan would be wise *not* to impose a gag order. Instead she should move up the trial date."
He goes on to say that the "judge has extraordinary discretion over management of her trial calendar, and her scheduling orders are almost impossible to successfully challenge on appeal. Trump’s misconduct gives her a reason to move the date up, to reduce the impact of Trump’s misinformation."
"A gag order, by contrast, would be thorny given the First Amendment concerns. It would be prudent for the judge to sidestep those issues and instead use tools — like her trial calendar — that are less problematic."
Donald Trump said Friday night that he "lost" the 2020 election, before quickly saying he didn't lose because the contest was "rigged."
Trump, who is currently facing two criminal investigations -- one in D.C. and one in Georgia -- in connection with his behavior following his 2020 loss, spoke at a prayer summit Friday. Also in the speech, the former president lashed out at the special counsel for purportedly trying to take away the ex-president's Constitutional rights.
Trump also recapped what happened in 2020.
Trump said he did extremely well in 2016, and that he did "even better" the next election cycle. He lamented that he got more votes than the first time yet still "lost."
"We got 12 million more votes, and we lost!" Trump Friday said before catching himself. "Well, we didn't lose election. It was rigged."
'He wants to take my First Amendment rights': Trump attacks Jack Smith as prosecutor seeks gag order
Donald Trump on Friday night said that president Joe Biden and his "radical left thugs" are prosecuting him because he's leading in the 2024 election, and that "deranged Jack Smith" is trying to take away his First Amendment rights.
Trump, who earlier in the day lashed out at Smith in a post on Truth Social, was speaking at a Pray Vote Stand Summit when he called out Smith by name. Earlier in the day, it was revealed Smith had sought a "narrow" gag order against Trump to protect those involved in the trial.
The former president first mused about Smith's name, asking what he had changed it from.
Trump then said "deranged Jack Smith" was targeting him with the gag order request.
"He wants to take my First Amendment rights," he said during the political event. He then described circumstances in which he might be limited when speaking about the criminal charges during the political campaign.
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