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19 States File Brief Opposing Gag Order On Trump

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A friend of the court brief filed by 19 attorneys general argues that the gag order on Trump’s trial in the D.C. circuit court restricts not only the former president’s free speech rights but also the rights of millions of Americans to hear from a major political candidate.

The order, aimed at preventing Trump from presenting a danger to the “fair administration of justice,” has been paused pending a full hearing.

The attorneys general, all of whom are Republicans, assert that the issue transcends partisanship and is about protecting constitutional rights. (Trending: Eight Republicans Who Shamefully Sided With Democrats Over Impeachment)

“As administrators of free and fair elections, we have an interest in ensuring no illegal prior restraint is entered against any major political candidate. Indeed, our citizens have an interest in hearing from major political candidates in that election,” the brief reads.

“The Order threatens the States’ interests by infringing on President Trump’s free speech right.”

“This is not just about Trump saying what he wants to say; it’s about protecting our constitutional right to free speech,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey stated.

“And when political foes join in a common defense, you know there’s something there:

“The ACLU, an organization on the opposite side of the GOP’s political spectrum, has sided with Trump in a brief arguing (among other things) ‘the gag order currently in place is insufficiently justified since it has not shown a serious threat that the speech it prohibits will threaten the administration of justice.’”

“The judge’s approach for the gag order ignores the fact that the government’s case is political to the core — it’s obvious the other side is stopping at nothing to silence Biden’s political opponent,” Morrisey pressed.

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