Donald Trump was briefly given permission to speak out in his 2020 election influence case in Washington, D.C., on Friday. This is the latest development in the legal battle over the limits on the former president’s speech.
The limited gag order has been put on hold by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decision so that the judges can think about Trump’s request for a longer stay while his cases play out. But the short reprieve “should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits” of Trump’s bid, the appeals court said.
The court scheduled formal arguments for November 20 in front of a group of three judges who were all chosen by Democratic presidents.
Rogan O’Handley remarked on the court’s decision on Friday.
🚨DC Circuit Court of Appeals suspends Trump’s gag order in the J6 criminal case, overruling Judge Chuthkan
The issue will be argued on November 20th
Trump can now speak freely and publicly defend himself once again pic.twitter.com/0ZSFSWFCAC
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) November 3, 2023
“DC Circuit Court of Appeals suspends Trump’s gag order in the J6 criminal case, overruling Judge Chuthkan,” O’Handley said.
“The issue will be argued on November 20th,” he continued. “Trump can now speak freely and publicly defend himself once again.”
“Every delay is a win,” he remarked. “Every time Trump gets more free speech to defend himself is a win. Every time Obama-appointed Judge Chuthkan gets reversed is a win.”
“The DC Circuit may reinstate the gag order after oral arguments but for this next 3 weeks, President Trump regains his rights,” he added.
U.S District Court Judge Aileen Cannon will push back the date of the trial in Jack Smith’s case against Trump over classified-marked documents.
I'll have a column explaining it all after order is filed.
You will see much caterwauling by corporate media types and usual suspects like Weissmann and McQuade how Cannon is doing Trump's bidding.
But the blame lies SOLELY at the feet of DOJ. Jack Smith brought 2 unprecedented…
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) November 3, 2023
“As expected, Judge Cannon will delay the trial schedule in Jack Smith’s classified documents case against Trump,” Kelly wrote.
“The classified docs trial represents major obstacles to defense (Trump and 2 co-defendants) as they attempt to view classified discovery in a Miami SCIF the government just set up on October 18,” she added. “All attorneys had to obtain security clearances.”
“Smith is playing games–Chutkan lets him, Cannon doesn’t,” she remarked. “Which is why she has earned the enmity of corporate media and their ‘expert’ lapdogs.”
Prosecutors on Thursday tried to keep former President Donald Trump from seeing the evidence they were using against him, but the federal judge in charge of the case denied their efforts yet again.
The courtroom developments in the Trump cases add heightened tension to a campaign season that is already fraught with division. This week, the Trump legal team were able to score small but significant victories in their fight against state overreach and political prosecutions. Next week, with this weaponized Justice department, it’s anybody’s guess.