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Trump Files Fiery Response on DOJ’s Attempt to Control What He Talks About

BETHPAGE, NY - APRIL 06: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says "you are fired" as he speaks to supporters during a rally on April 6, 2016 in Bethpage, New York. Front-running Republican candidate Trump will address supporters on the heels of a potentially damaging loss in the Wisconsin primary. (Photo by VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has vehemently pushed back against a Department of Justice (DOJ) request for a gag order in his ongoing prosecution.

In a 25-page brief filed on Monday, Trump’s attorneys condemned the DOJ’s request, invoking the principles of freedom of speech and the necessity of transparency in legal proceedings.

The crux of the dispute lies in the attempt to silence President Trump during a politically charged campaign season. The legal team argued that stifling Trump’s right to criticize the government runs contrary to the First Amendment, asserting, “above all else, the First Amendment means that the government has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter, or its content.”

Furthermore, the document highlights that it is not the role of the prosecution or the court to act as a filter for public discourse. While acknowledging that the prosecution may not appreciate Trump’s criticisms, the legal team contends that it’s the public’s prerogative to decide what they hear.

Prosecutors have previously claimed that Trump’s history of inflammatory comments about political opponents poses a threat to the fairness of legal proceedings, particularly in influencing juror perceptions.

The former president, in response, has repeatedly cited the Constitution to defend his right to speak freely. This includes his recent response to efforts by Democrats to ban him from presidential primary ballots in 2024. Trump’s legal team also argues that his statements regarding the 2020 election are protected by the First Amendment.

As the legal battle continues, the dispute over the gag order request underscores the tension between protecting freedom of speech and ensuring a fair and unbiased legal process in high-profile cases.