Special counsel Jack Smith’s team said in a motion filed Friday that such a “narrow, well-defined” order was necessary to preserve the integrity of the case and to avoid prejudicing potential jurors.
“Since the grand jury returned an indictment in this case, the defendant has repeatedly and widely disseminated public statements attacking the citizens of the District of Columbia, the Court, prosecutors, and prospective witnesses,” prosecutors wrote. The defendant’s statements threaten to undermine the integrity and prejudice of the jury pool. The prosecutors cited a statement Trump made on his Truth Social platform a few days after his indictment, where he wrote in capital letters: “If you go against me, I will come after you.” On social media, he has repeatedly claimed that the case is “rigged,” and that he will not receive a fair hearing. This is blatant interference in the election because President Trump is the clear leader in this race. The American people – the voters – will see through this unconstitutional charade, and send President Trump back into the White House,” said the spokesperson. Chutkan granted prosecutors permission on Friday to publish a redacted version of the motion, which would have blacked-out the names and identifying details of those who claim they were harassed by Trump’s attacks. Chutkan’s previous comments were cited by defense lawyers as a reason to doubt her fairness. However, prosecutors said that she had no legitimate basis to recuse herself.