Article originally appeared on thepostmillennial.com.
Federal Judge Tanya Chutkan has reversed course on the gag order she enforced on former President and 2024 GOP front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday, saying that the order will remain in place while it is under appeal.
“The First Amendment rights of participants in criminal proceedings must yield, when necessary, to the orderly administration of justice,” Chutkan said.
The gag order was put into effect on October 16, but was quickly appealed by Trump’s lawyers, who said that the order is not merely a violation of Trump’s First Amendment rights, but is also the silencing of Biden’s only real political opposition. When Chutkan went along with the DOJ’s ask for Trump to be silenced, she said that Trump’s rights did not mean he could “launch a pretrial smear campaign” against those who were prosecuting and trying him.
Chutkan reimposed it, saying that the “Defendant has not made a strong showing that he is likely to succeed on the merits. As the court has explained, First Amendment rights of participants in criminal proceedings must yield, when necessary, to the orderly administration of justice.”
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