A federal court of appeals made a new ruling on Friday regarding a gag order that was leveled against President Donald Trump in the ongoing federal election-based case in Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump announced the decision from the court on Truth Social, writing on Friday, “An Appeals Court has just largely upheld the Gag Order against me in the ridiculous J6 Case, where the Unselect January 6th Committee deleted and destroyed almost all Documents and Evidence, saying that I can be barred from talking and, in effect, telling the truth.”
According to The New York Times, a federal appeals court ruled to generally uphold a gag order imposed by District Judge Tanya Chutkan in the case, although the president will still be able to speak about Special Counsel Jack Smith as well as the prosecution.
The president railed against the decision on social media, slamming his opponents for being able to speak “viciously” against him while he was chained with a gag order.
He explained, “In other words, people can speak violently and viciously against me, or attack me in any form, but I am not allowed to respond, in kind. What is becoming of our First Amendment, what is becoming of our Country? We will appeal this decision!”
The president faces multiple court cases in different venues this year, ahead of his 2024 presidential bid. He was indicted a shocking four times between the spring and summer, and he is currently duking it out in a civil fraud trial in New York City, which New York State Attorney General Letitia James has spearheaded.
Per the NYT, the federal election case could go to trial in March 2024, which would come at a critical point in the 2024 GOP presidential primary election season.
Earlier this year, Trump accused his political opponent, Joe Biden, of utilizing the might of the Justice Department and the levels of legal power in the U.S. to lob attacks aimed at accomplishing a form of “election interference.”
“This is the persecution of the person that’s leading by very, very substantial numbers in the Republican primary and leading Biden by a lot,” he said in August.