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‘Bulldoze The First Amendment’: Jonathan Turley Slams Attempts To Silence Trump With Gag Order During Election Cycle

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley on Monday denounced special counsel Jack Smith’s efforts to silence former President Donald Trump.

President Trump pleaded not guilty to all charges at Thursday’s arraignment on all four counts in an indictment relating to his efforts to challenge the 2020 election results secured by Special Counsel Jack Smith. bottom.Smith sought issued a protective order Friday, President Trump Posted On social media, “If you chase me, I’ll chase you too!” He was threatening witnesses. (Related article: ‘Turn it into a haiku’: Jonathan Turley says much of Trump’s Jan. 6 indictment was ‘protected speech’)

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“This move is tone-deaf. I disagree with what the president has posted,” Turley told Fox News host Jesse Watters. “I don’t think the post you pointed out was wise. It couldn’t have been worse timed, but the point is that if you’re going to test a Republican frontrunner in the presidential election, he needs to.” I think there is here’ we can talk about this. “

Legal experts said many of the actions Smith described in the indictment appear to be protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said the indictment not only attacked Trump’s First Amendment rights, but also Trump’s Sixth Amendment protected right to an attorney. said he did.

“This lawsuit is a First Amendment lawsuit and a free speech lawsuit. I disagree with my friend Bill Burr on this point,” Turley said. “I respect him, but this is a lawsuit that could effectively nullify the First Amendment, and adding secrecy and protection orders to it would exacerbate the problem. I think only.”

“You can’t file a free speech lawsuit where you’re not allowed to speak. That doesn’t make the voters understand that things are out of line,” Watters responded.

Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, South Carolina’s Republican Senator Tim Scott and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, all of Trump’s main rivals for the 2024 GOP nomination, condemned the indictment. bottom.

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