Special counsel cites threatening Trump post in request for protective order in election interference case

August 06, 2023

Federal prosecutors on Friday asked the judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's election interference case to bar him from publicly disclosing some of the evidence gathered during their investigation. “All the proposed order seeks to prevent is the improper dissemination or use of discovery materials, including to the public,” they wrote. During Thursday's court hearing, Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya gave Trump a warning that is not typically issued to defendants at arraignments. Chutkan has ordered Trump’s attorneys to respond to the government’s motion for a protective order, stating their position on the matter by 5 p.m. on Monday. In June, a federal judge issued a protective order barring Trump from disclosing on social media — or keeping — evidence the government is set to turn over to him in the classified documents case.