Former President Donald Trump recently held a rally in Adel, Iowa, where he issued a scathing rebuke of the Biden administration’s weaponized Department of Justice (DOJ), citing the judge overseeing his third indictment in Washington, D.C., relating to his attempts at “overturning” the 2020 presidential election.
U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, appointed by former President Barack Obama, recently ruled that Trump’s status as a presidential candidate does not provide him the ability to level a so-called “smear campaign” against those involved in his case. Chutkan argued that “no other defendant would be allowed to do so, and I’m not going to allow it in this case.”
Obama-appointed Judge issues gag order on President Trump
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Specifically, Chutkan issued a gag order on Trump, prohibiting the former president from speaking about the case involving him or those in it, including Special Counsel Jack Smith, who was responsible for indicting Trump. Interestingly, Smith’s wife, Katy Chevigny, worked with former first lady Michelle Obama to produce a documentary.
Trump blasted Chutkan for imposing the gag order during his rally in Adel.
“Today, a judge put on a gag order,” Trump said. “I’ll be the only politician in history that runs with a gag order where I’m not allowed to criticize people. Can you imagine this? Do you believe this? I’m not allowed to criticize people.”
“We’ll appeal it, but we’ll see. It’s so unconstitutional. The good thing is we have so much support. It’s incredible.”
Chutkan said the gag order does not prevent Trump from speaking ill about his main presidential opponent, President Joe Biden. The judge added that her prosecution of the former president was not politically motivated, as reported by the New York Times.
Many Republicans have denounced Biden and Chutkan over their persecution of Trump. Indeed, Chutkan has spoken ill of the former president on several occasions during her time as a judge. Despite such blatant hatred, the DOJ is allowing Chutkan to oversee the former president’s case.
In the past, Chutkan has made comments showing her disregard for Trump supporters who peacefully protested at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
The judge compared the Capitol protests to the riots conducted by Black Lives Matter (BLM) during the summer of 2020. Of course, there is no valid comparison between the two. BLM was responsible for billions of dollars in damages.
“To compare the actions of people around the country protesting, mostly peacefully, for civil rights, to a violent mob seeking to overthrow the lawfully elected government is a false equivalency and downplays the very real danger that the crowd on January 6 posed to our democracy,” Chutkan said in 2021, as reported by CNN.
In 2021, Chutkan also went after Trump for being a “free” man amid the Capitol protests.
“I see the footage of the flags and the signs that people were carrying and the hats they were wearing and the garb, and the people who mobbed that Capitol were there in fealty, in loyalty, to one man — not to the Constitution … It’s a blind loyalty to one person who, by the way, remains free to this day,” Chutkan said, per the Washington Examiner.