Special counsel aims to prevent Trump from making statements that threaten law enforcement

Special Counsel Jack Smith made an unprecedented move on Friday by requesting a federal judge to issue an order that would prevent former President Donald Trump from making statements that could potentially endanger law enforcement.

In his ongoing quest to exploit a newly revealed piece of evidence, former President Trump is now urging the Justice Department to investigate an alleged plot by President Biden to assassinate him. Trump falsely asserts that this evidence, which emerged during a recent court case, proves Biden’s involvement in a scheme to target him during a search at his Mar-a-Lago club in August 2022.

According to the filings from Smith, the Government is seeking to modify the conditions of release for defendant Donald J. Trump. The objective is to explicitly state that he must refrain from making statements that could potentially pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable threat to law enforcement agents who are involved in the investigation and prosecution of this case.

The government is requesting this action due to a series of deliberately false and provocative statements made by Trump. These statements distort the facts surrounding the execution of the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They create a highly misleading impression about the intentions and actions of the federal law enforcement agents involved, falsely insinuating their complicity in a plot to assassinate him. Furthermore, these statements put the agents, who will serve as witnesses at the trial, at risk of facing threats, violence, and harassment.

In a recent fundraising email, Trump responded to right-wing media reports that presented a distorted interpretation of a newly unsealed court filing in his classified documents case. In the email, Trump falsely asserted that Biden was “locked & loaded ready to take me out.”

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In a recent post on his Truth Social platform, Trump revealed that he had been provided with reports indicating that Biden’s DOJ had authorized the FBI to use deadly force during their search of the property for classified documents.

The filing states that Trump has greatly distorted standard practices by falsely presenting them as a plot to harm him, his family, and U.S. Secret Service agents. It accuses Trump of making deceptive and inflammatory statements that dangerously put FBI agents involved in the case at risk, which Trump is well aware of.

The special counsel thoroughly explains the precautions they took to minimize the potential for escalation during the search of Mar-a-Lago in August 2022. They made sure that both the former president and his family were out of state and even reached out to his lawyer prior to commencing the search of the property.

The filing asserts that Trump is fully aware of the meticulous precautions taken by the FBI during the execution of the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago. The authorities carefully scheduled the search to coincide with a time when Trump and his family were not present at the property. Furthermore, they intended to coordinate with Trump’s attorney, Secret Service agents, and Mar-a-Lago staff both before and during the execution of the warrant. The FBI also made contingency plans in case Trump were to unexpectedly arrive at the scene, although these plans were ultimately unnecessary.

The filing emphasizes the connection between Trump’s statements and the attack on an FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio. It suggests that Trump’s comments had a role in provoking his supporters, which led to the incident after the August search.

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Trump’s lawyers have come under scrutiny for their misleading representation of the FBI’s “Use of Deadly Force” policy in their motion, which has sparked controversy. It has been pointed out that the attorneys deliberately omitted the word “only” before the phrase “when necessary” without providing any explanation or indication of the omission.

In their filing, Trump’s attorneys described the policy by stating that “law enforcement officers of the Department of Justice may use deadly force when necessary.” However, the actual wording in the policy statement is “law enforcement officers of the Department of Justice may use deadly force only when necessary.”

Trump entered a plea of not guilty in June of last year to 37 criminal charges related to his handling of classified materials. Prosecutors alleged that he had consistently refused to return hundreds of documents containing classified information, including U.S. nuclear secrets and national defense capabilities. Furthermore, they claimed that he took deliberate actions to impede the government’s attempts to retrieve the documents.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon’s response to the request remains uncertain. In order to address various efforts made by Trump and his co-defendants to dismiss the case, she has scheduled a series of hearings at the end of June.

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