Prosecutors ask judge for gag order in Trump classified documents case

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 21: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the end of the day during his hush money trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 21, 2024 in New York City. The defense has rested their case in former President Trump's hush money trial in which he declined to testify in. Judge Juan Merchan says to expect summations and closing arguments in the criminal trial next week. Former U.S. President Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial.  (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Prosecutors with the special counsel’s office are asking a federal judge in Florida to place a gag order on former President Donald Trump.

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The gag order would limit Trump’s ability to make a comment about the law enforcement who searched his Mar-a-Lago resort in August 2022, according to CNN. The request was made to U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon.

The request comes after Trump made a claim earlier this week that FBI agents were “authorized to shoot me” and were “locked & loaded ready to take me out & put my family in danger,” according to The Associated Press.

It was in reference to a court document disclosure where the FBI followed its standard use-of-force policy, the AP reported. Police do not allow the use of deadly force unless they have a reasonable belief that the “subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person.” It is something that is followed on a routine basis.

The search was reportedly done while Trump and his family were not at the Mar-a-Lago resort. It was done with the knowledge of the Secret Service, the AP reported. No force was used.

On May 7, Cannon postponed the classified documents trial in Florida indefinitely.

Cannon cited significant issues around classified evidence that would need to be resolved before the federal criminal case goes to a jury, The Washington Post reported.

Cannon canceled a May 20 trial date, CNN reported. She did not set a new date.

The judge wrote that it “would be imprudent” to finalize a trial date “at this juncture,” according to CNBC.

Prosecutors urged Cannon to pick a date in early July, the Post reported.

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