Judge bars Trump from targeting prosecutors, witnesses in election case

The federal judge stopped the former president from attacking those involved in the criminal case that accuses him of trying to overturn his 2020 election loss

Published : 16 Oct 2023, 03:25 PM
Updated : 16 Oct 2023, 03:25 PM

A federal judge on Monday barred Donald Trump from targeting US prosecutors, court staff and potential witnesses involved in a criminal case accusing him of him trying to overturn his 2020 election loss.

US District Tanya Chutkan in Washington said she would not allow Trump, who has pleaded not guilty, to "launch a pretrial smear campaign" against people involved in the case.

"No other criminal defendant would be allowed to do so, and I’m to going to allow it in this case," Chutkan said as she issued the order.

The order bars Trump and attorneys in the case from personally targeting Special Counsel Jack Smith, prosecutors working with him and court staff. It also prevents Trump from discussing potential witnesses as it relates to their testimony at trial.