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Trump to appeal partial gag order in special counsel’s 2020 election case

Washington — Former President is appealing a court order that restricts him from making public statements about certain individuals involved in special counsel Jack Smith’s case against him in Washington, D.C., according to a court document filed by Trump’s legal team on Tuesday.

Judge Tanya Chutkan issued a limited gag order on Monday barring the former president from publicly attacking Smith, his team of prosecutors, court staff and potential witnesses in the case, citing what she said were threats posed to the fair administration of justice.

Trump’s appeal will now head to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where a three-judge panel is likely to consider the matter. As that process plays out, Trump could ask either Chutkan or the higher court to pause the enforcement of the gag order until the issue is fully litigated.