Disgraced former president’s attorney faces skeptical court on gag order appeal

Source: KSL News

“U.S. appeals court judges on Monday signaled skepticism toward Donald Trump’s bid to overturn a gag order imposed on the former president …. As Trump lawyer D. John Sauer argued that the order violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment free speech rights, judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia asked whether Trump’s charged rhetoric would threaten the integrity of his upcoming trial. ‘I don’t hear you giving any weight at all to the interests in a fair trial,’ Judge Cornelia Pillard told Sauer. Pillard is one of three judges who heard Trump’s appeal of the gag order imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing the case, barring him and his lawyers from publicly criticizing prosecutors, court staff and potential witnesses. Chutkan ruled that such statements could influence witnesses and lead to threats against people involved in the case.” (11/20/23)