Federal prosecutors asked Friday the judge overseeing the former president Donald Trump’s electoral case not to allow him to publicly disclose some of the evidence they gathered in their investigation.
In a filing with the court, attorneys from the office of special counsel Jack Smith requested that U.S. district judge Tanya Chutkan make sure that Trump’s team only uses sensitive materials for the trial and that the former President views the materials in front of his lawyers.
The proposed order is intended to stop the misuse of discovery materials by the public, as well as the dissemination and use of those materials in an improper manner. This restriction is especially important in this case, because the defendant made public statements about witnesses, judges and attorneys on social media.
Trump has denied the charges against him and publicly condemned them. He was charged on Thursday with conspiracy to defraud United States.
The prosecutors went on to claim that Trump wrote “multiple posts,” which mentioned or implied that the case. One of these appeared on his page on Friday afternoon, and read: “IF you go after me, I will come after you!”
The prosecutors said that Trump’s use in the case of grand jury transcripts or details obtained during discovery could have an adverse effect on witnesses, or negatively affect the administration of justice.
The Magistrate Judge Moxila Upadhyaya gave Trump a warning at his arraignment that isn’t given to most defendants.
She said: “Finally sir, I would like to remind you it’s a crime to attempt to influence a jury, to threaten or try to bribe any witness or other person with information about your trial, to retaliate or obstruct justice by threatening or attempting to bribe anyone who has provided information to the prosecution about your case or to retaliate or obstruct justice in any other way.”
An attorney for Trump didn’t immediately respond to Friday night a comment request.
Trump’s lawyers are expected to respond, as they have in other cases in which Trump has been charged with crimes.
In June, a federal court issued an order prohibiting Trump from disclosing or keeping evidence that the government was going to give him in the case of classified documents.
A protective order was also issued for Trump’s criminal case of hush money in New York. Prosecutors asked a New York judge to ensure discovery materials were only used in the trial and referred back to Trump’s “longstanding, perhaps singular, history of attacking witnesses.”
The next hearing is on August 28.