At a hearing on Monday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who presides over the continuing atrocity against Donald Trump fashioned as his J6 indictment pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, did as anticipated—she gagged Donald Trump on pain of imprisonment from accurately characterizing his modern show trial. That applies not only to Trump but to anyone the reborn Torquemada, Special Counsel Jack Smith, subsequently claims to be associated with Trump or his presidential campaign making “mean” statements about prosecutors or government witnesses.
Reading the transcript, I couldn’t believe that I was witnessing such a court proceeding in the United States of America. The First Amendment, the beating heart of human freedom, creative thought, and our Republic, went down in flames. The presumption of innocence, at the heart of our judicial system, was transformed to its opposite—guilty until proven innocent. Trump’s legal team immediately filed an appeal. Trump himself, speaking in Iowa, said he was not going to shut up and would go to jail to protect fundamental American Constitutional rights.
Now, once you are indicted by the Biden form of the Deep State, the fact that you are leading the 2024 race for President of the United States and your opponent has indicted you for legally challenging his election and in order to defeat you in 2024—the most salient fact of this entire matter—is deemed irrelevant. Every time Trump’s lawyers attempted to address this reality on Monday, Judge Chutkan shut them down and claimed that their assertion of reality was performative, an obnoxious attempt to impress their client, Donald Trump. Repeatedly, she asserted, the 2024 election is not relevant. Trump, simply by his indictment, has become just another criminal defendant to be treated like “any other criminal defendant,” a category of human beings the judge obviously believes are only worthy of contempt. “No one is above the law,” the catcall of the Democratic fascists now running our country, has been a frequent refrain of hers while repeatedly placing Donald Trump well below it.
Trump is undeserving of his support by the American public, this aspiring DC Mandarin thinks, my orders are to convict and humiliate him. My job is to do this so brutally that his supporters are shocked into silence and fear. Mind you, she does not say this openly. While sniveling repeatedly on the record that “politics stops at the courthouse door,” this Obama protégé and law firm colleague of Hunter Biden, has previously suggested that Trump belongs behind bars for his role in January 6th while sentencing J6 defendants. Instead of openly espousing her clear mission, she does a weasel’s dance, smirking, interrupting Trump’s lawyers in their arguments, playing to the corporate media and Trump haters in the audience with laugh lines.
Here is Chutkun’s order: “All interested parties in this matter, including the parties and their counsel are prohibited from making any public statements, or directing others to make any public statements, that target (1) the Special Counsel prosecuting this case or his staff; (2) defense counsel or their staff; (3) any of this court’s staff or other supporting personnel; or (4) any reasonably foreseeable witness or the substance of their testimony. This Order shall not be construed to prohibit Defendant from making statements criticizing the government generally, including the current administration of the Department of Justice; statements asserting the Defendant is innocent of the charges against him, or that his prosecution is politically motivated; or statements criticizing the campaign platforms or policies of Defendant’s political rivals, such as former Vice President Pence.”
Do you notice no specific reference to prohibiting statements about Donald Trump in this order? Oh sure, he could testify on his own behalf and thus be considered part of the order involving foreseeable witnesses, but every time Trump’s lawyer John Lauro tried to raise Smith-Torquemada’s illegal media leaks and gratuitous public statements attacking Trump and declaring him guilty, Chutkun shut him down. So, some planted lunatic or deep government agent, like Ray Epps, declaring themselves a Trump supporter, and threatening any of these categories of people, holds the keys to the jailhouse door for the 45th President of the United States. Not only that. Since the prosecution itself is about Trump’s challenge to the 2020 election and January 6th, potential witnesses in this case such as General Mark Milley, Mike Pence, Bill Barr, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, can continue to publicly speak and attack Trump’s actions regarding same and he is effectively barred from effectively confronting them.
The basis of the insane discussion of Trump’s tweets and posts which took place on Monday was the claim that his tweets, his speech, led to intimidation, fear of undue influence, death threats, and possible attacks. All of the evidence used in the prosecution’s brief supporting the gag order came from the fabricated J6 Congressional investigation. Chutkan credited every single one of these bogus fabrications. No actual evidence of Trump’s involvement in any threats or intimidation was shown or produced.
It was Trump’s politically effective speech itself, protected under the First Amendment, which was under direct attack in this hearing. Trump’s declaration that he is going to try this case in the “court of public opinion” since he cannot get a fair trial was deemed absolutely out of bounds by Judge Chutkan. Thought crimes, specifically not speaking in the saccharine and approved language of the D.C. consensus, and effectively getting under the personal skin of these fakers to the great enjoyment of the American people, is the reason for the gag order. Trump’s stinging and accurate characterizations of the process and the corrupt characters leading it has resulted in huge leaps in his voter base with each new Biden led government attack.
Here are just a few glimpses into the insanity which prevailed there:
Chutkan claimed that Trump’s characterization of Jack Smith as a “thug,” a “liar,” and “deranged,” was intended to result in him being violently “taken off the streets;”
Chutkan claimed that Trump describing Jack Smith’s wife as a “Trump hater” was beyond the bounds of human decency and intended as a threat. Smith’s wife is an independent film maker who produced a documentary glorifying Michelle Obama and is otherwise an ideologically committed rabid Democrat;
Chutkan claimed that a Trump post celebrating the retirement of General Mark Milley threatened Milley with immediate death and execution. The post referenced an incident when Milley, who was actually involved in a cold coup against the 45th President, called his counterpart in China’s PLA to inform him that Trump might launch a war against China to stay in office and that Milley would inform him ahead of time if that came to pass. The post correctly noted that this was a treasonous act, and that in former times the punishment would have been death. This, of course, in the Alice in Wonderland world which was Monday’s hearing, was characterized as a direct death threat against Milley;
Chutkan claimed that a Trump post calling Washington, DC a “filthy and crime-ridden embarrassment to our nation” was an attempt to “”disparage the District and the people who live in it, including those who would eventually make up the jury pool in this case” and somehow part of a defense plot to secure a change of venue. The post in question cited the decline of the city since President Trump left office, had no sane reference to anything which could plausibly benefit Trump in this case, and is painfully true.
Trump’s attorney John Lauro appropriately warned Chutkan that “George Orwell would have a field day with what we’re hearing from the prosecutors” as prosecutor Molly Gaston and Chutkan discussed whether Trump’s branding of Biden as “Crooked Joe Biden” would be prohibited under the gag order.
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