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Federal Judge Denies Jack Smith's Request For Gag Order Against Trump

•, by Jack Phillips

Over the past weekend, Mr. Smith's team asked Judge Cannon to impose a gag order after President Trump had claimed that recently released discovery documents showed that the FBI agents were armed and were prepared to shoot him during the August 2022 search of his Mar-a-Lago property. The FBI last week, however, disputed those claims and said the documents merely suggested the agents were following bureau rules around search warrants.

In a paperless orderJudge Cannon denied Mr. Smith's request without prejudice because, according to her, it is "wholly lacking in substance and professional courtesy."

She added that the special counsel's motion also "did not adhere to ... basic requirements" and that "any future, non-emergency motion brought in this case—whether on the topic of release conditions or anything else—shall not be filed absent meaningful, timely, and professional conferral."

"Sufficient time needs to be afforded to permit reasonable evaluation of the requested relief by opposing counsel and to allow for adequate follow-up discussion as necessary about the specific factual and legal basis underlying the motion," Judge Cannon added.

Mr. Smith's team argued that the judge should move to restrict President Trump's speech after he made the aforementioned claims about the FBI search.

"The Government moves to modify defendant Donald J. Trump's conditions of release, to make clear that he may not make statements that pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents participating in the investigation and prosecution of this case," the filing from Mr. Smith said.

After Mr. Smith's motion to place the order on President Trump, his attorneys responded by saying that the special counsel should be sanctioned because he allegedly violated a rule that says both parties must confer before such filings are made.