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Trump Will Likely Go to Jail for Breaking the Gag Order, According to a Former White House Attorney

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November 7, 2023

Ainsley King

Trump Will Likely Go to Jail for Breaking the Gag Order, According to a Former White House Attorney

Following the Oct. 29 reinstatement of the partial gag order in the ongoing federal election meddling lawsuit, former White House attorney, Ty Cobb, claimed he thinks former President, Donald Trump, will go to jail. Trump is prohibited by the gag order from criticising the court personnel or the case's witnesses. After violating a more restrictive order during his New York civil fraud trial twice, he was fined $15,000 earlier in October.

“Well, the New York judge fined him $10,000,” Cobb said in a CNN interview Oct. 30, referring to Trump’s second fine. “That’s in a civil case. That’s not as consequential as Judge Chutkan’s case.” The case, which asserts that the former president colluded to rig the 2020 election results, is being supervised by Judge Tanya Chutkan. The trial is scheduled for March.

“As the court has explained, the First Amendment rights of participants in criminal proceedings must yield, when necessary, to the orderly administration of justice — a principle reflected in Supreme Court precedent,” Chutkan stated in the partial gag order.

Chutkan, Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith, and prospective witnesses have all been the targets of derogatory labels and other taunts from Trump, who has referred to Chutkan as a “Trump-hating” judge, and Smith as “deranged.” Complying with the order would bring an end to this behaviour. Cobb, a former employee of the Trump administration, predicted a short jail sentence. “I think it’ll take that to stop him,” Chutkan stated on October 29 that the injunction will remain in place while Trump files an appeal, despite Trump's pledge to do so.

“This order, according to many legal scholars, is unthinkable! It illegally and unconstitutionally takes away my First Amendment Right of Free Speech, in the middle of my campaign for President, where I am leading against BOTH Parties in the Polls,” Trump posted late on Oct. 30on Truth Social. “Few can believe this is happening, but I will appeal. How can they tell the leading candidate that he, and only he, is seriously restricted from campaigning in a free and open manner?” he added. “It will not stand!”

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