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Former Prosecutor Urges Judge Tanya Chutkan to Enforce Gag Order Against Donald Trump, Advocates for Revocation of Bond to Address Witness Intimidation, Emphasizing the Need for Judicial Accountability in High-Profile Cases

A former federal prosecutor, Neama Rahmani, is urging Judge Tanya Chutkan to take decisive action against Donald Trump, suggesting that it’s time to address the former president’s attempts to intimidate witnesses and courtroom personnel by considering imprisonment.

In an interview with Newsweek, Rahmani expressed concern that Trump has received excessive leniency from the courts despite gag orders, emphasizing the need for Judge Chutkan, overseeing his federal election case, to send a clear message when he defies her.

Rahmani conveyed to Newsweek’s Sean O’Driscoll, “All of this is meaningless unless Judge Chutkan is going to enforce the gag order and revoke Trump’s bond or hold him in contempt. So far, no judge has been willing to do so, aside from minor, meaningless fines.”

Highlighting that revoking Trump’s bond would result in his custody and imprisonment before the trial scheduled for March, Rahmani acknowledged the First Amendment concerns but argued that Trump has stretched the boundaries of free expression, emphasizing that appellate courts, including the Supreme Court, routinely uphold gag orders.

The report noted that Appeals Court Judge Patricia A. Millett provided specific guidance on how to handle the former president, stating, “Mr. Trump is a former president and current candidate for the presidency, and there is a strong public interest in what he has to say. But Mr. Trump is also an indicted criminal defendant, and he must stand trial in a courtroom under the same procedures that govern all other criminal defendants. That is what the rule of law means.”

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