Gag Order Requested For Trump In Classified Documents Case

Special counsel Jack Smith on Friday requested that a gag order be placed on former President Donald Trump in his classified documents case.

In the request, Smith asked presiding Judge Aileen Cannon to modify Trump’s “conditions of release” so that he is prohibited from making statements that pose danger to law enforcement agents involved in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

“The law enforcement agents participating in this case conducted the search in an appropriate and professional manner, subject to the Department of Justice’s standard use-of-force policy,” the filing stated.

“Trump’s repeated mischaracterization of these facts in widely distributed messages as an attempt to kill him, his family, and Secret Service agents has endangered law enforcement officers involved in the investigation and prosecution of this case and threatened the integrity of these proceedings,” the filing continued, adding, “A restriction prohibiting future similar statements does not restrict legitimate speech. Trump’s conditions of release should therefore be modified to prohibit similar communications going forward.”

Smith’s request follows the release of court documents that revealed the language used in the authorization of the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in 2020. As stated in court documents, the FBI’s “objective for the Mar-a-Lago raid was to seize ‘classified information, NDI, and US Government records.’”

However, the operation’s “Policy Statement” asked law enforcement officers to “use deadly force when necessary,” a language that garnered criticism upon its revelation. Trump himself criticized the use of the “deadly force” term, chalking it up to President Joe Biden being “a serious threat to democracy.”

The FBI, however, maintained that they were following “standard” protocols.

In a statement to Fox News, the agency said, “The FBI followed standard protocol in this search as we do for all search warrants, which includes a standard policy statement limiting the use of deadly force. No one ordered additional steps to be taken and there was no departure from the norm in this matter.”

“The standard deadly force policy statement included in the operations order for the search of the former president’s residence was also included in the operations order for the search of the sitting president’s residence in Delaware, as is standard practice for all FBI operations orders,” the statement added.