Another poster, using the handle “The Last Refuge,” wrote to more than 250,000 followers that, “It was/is a trap to keep Trump from public speaking, lest one of the 84 witnesses watch television and view communication from the defendant…. ie. Lawfare.”
Smith is not only attempting to keep this case under seal from the American people but impose absurd restrictions on the former president and Walt Nauta as to how evidence can be viewed. Cannon denies Smith’s demand to prevent Trump and Nauta to communicate with at least 84… pic.twitter.com/AiARrU38KR— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) June 26, 2023
On Monday, a group of news media organizations filed to make the witness list public, calling the case “one of the most consequential criminal cases in the nation’s history.” [firefly_poll] “The American public’s interest in this matter, and need to monitor its progress every step of the way, cannot be overstated,” the media outlets wrote, according to The New York Times, which is one of the organizations involved. David Aaron, a former Justice Department lawyer who prosecuted national security cases, told The Washington Post that multiple orders on procedural issues are part of the trial. “There are going to be a lot of ministerial orders that are administrative or scheduling or procedural. This is a trial, and not everyone agrees how these things should be done. So people shouldn’t get too excited about each one of these,” he said. Joseph A. DeMaria, a former federal prosecutor in Miami, said the special counsel’s request was outside of common practice. [ic_related] “All they said is they want this to be filed under seal,” DeMaria told The Washington Post. “That’s not how we do it in Florida.” The order barring Trump from contacting witnesses might mean less than it seems, attorney Mark Zaid said after Trump’s arraignment, noting that Trump’s post-arraignment speech was “just one of any number of atypical circumstances that will plague this case,” according to USA Today. “Few defendants would have an opportunity to speak to a co-defendant or witness in a manner that Trump will have available,” he said. He said the court will need to monitor Trump’s public speeches to determine if private, forbidden messages are being sent. “Should Trump make comments at an event attended by Nauta, or perhaps through television or social media, and it appears that very clear messages, if not instructions, are being made that would be deemed inappropriate if the two were meeting privately, I would expect prosecutors to revisit this issue before the judge for further clarification or expansion of the scope of the gag order,” he said. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
It was/is a trap to keep Trump from public speaking, lest one of the 84 witnesses watch television and view communication from the defendant…. ie. Lawfare. https://t.co/ppUXyr0BFG— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) June 26, 2023