‘I’m coming after you:’ Donald Trump threatens opponents; prosecutor seeks protective order, Beware

Donald Trump: threatening social media post flagged by prosecutors in court filing

Donald Trump’s social media post has been flagged by US prosecutors in a court filing because they believe it shows he may intimidate witnesses by inappropriately sharing sensitive information obtained from the government.

After the former president published a message online that seemed to threaten retaliation against anyone who pursues him, the justice department asked a federal court hearing the criminal case against him to intervene on Friday.

The former president tweeted, “IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I’M COMING AFTER YOU!” on his Truth Social page on Friday afternoon, a day after he entered a not guilty plea to allegations that he planned a criminal conspiracy to try to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump’s post aroused fears from the office of special counsel Jack Smith that he would publicly release confidential information, like grand jury transcripts obtained from prosecutors, according to the complaint in the Washington federal court.
Prosecutors are compelled to provide defendants access to the evidence against them as part of the discovery procedure so they can build their case.

Prosecutors noted that Trump had a history of disparaging judges, attorneys, and witnesses in past cases against him. “It could have a harmful chilling effect on witnesses or adversely affect the fair administration of justice in this case,” the prosecutors stated.

In their filing, the prosecutors requested that US district judge Tanya Chutkan issue a protective order preventing Donald Trump and his attorneys from disclosing any discovery information to unapproved parties.

Protective orders are common in instances involving private records, but prosecutors claimed that given Trump’s social media comments, it was especially crucial to limit public publication.

Trump pledged during his arraignment on Thursday not to threaten or speak with witnesses absent legal representation.

A Trump spokesman defended the former president’s social media post in a statement.

“The Truth post cited is the definition of political speech, and was in response to the Rino, China-loving, dishonest special interest groups, and Super Pac’s,” the statement read.

In two additional criminal instances, Trump has entered a not guilty plea. He is accused of manipulating business records to conceal payments made to a porn star in state charges in Manhattan and federal charges in Miami for allegedly keeping sensitive papers after leaving office and obstructing justice.

Georgia prosecutors are looking into his attempts to get the election results there overturned, and he could face a fourth prosecution there.

All of the investigations, according to Trump, are a part of a political witch hunt meant to derail his 2024 campaign.


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