Where were we?
Special prosecutor Jack Smith filed for a protective order with the court to stop Donald Trump from talking about details of his case in public.
Trump retaliated by posting a bunch of crazy messages on his social media deriding Smith, the judge, Nancy Pelosi, and the US Women’s Soccer Team. Then Trump’s lawyers filed a response to Smith saying his First Amendment rights would be hurt if Trump couldn’t blab about every single piece of material being prepared for the trial.
Smith has now made mincemeat of Trump’s lawyer’s response to the protective order. Filed tonight, Smith writes:
“The defendant’s proposed order would lead to the public dissemination of discovery
material. Indeed, that is the defendant’s stated goal; the defendant seeks to use the discovery
material to litigate this case in the media. But that is contrary to the purpose of criminal discovery,
which is to afford defendants the ability to prepare for and mount a defense in court—not to wage
a media campaign. The Court should instead enter the Government’s proposed order.”
Now we wait for Judge Chutkan’s response.