President Trump Could Be Slapped With a Gag Order


Jordan Sekulow

April 3, 2023

Last week, we told you how a New York DA has brought an indictment against former President Donald Trump. The arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow. Now, as we anticipate the former President surrendering himself to authorities in New York, we’re hearing reports that the judge may impose a gag order on Trump, preventing him from speaking to the public about the case. What are they worried he might tell us? 

As it’s being reported:

When Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into hush money payments Trump made in 2016 resulted in the first indictment of a former president in U.S. history, the rules for Trump’s third White House run changed. After his arraignment, reported to be as soon as Tuesday, Trump will likely no longer be allowed to talk about the case or the charges brought against him.

“I think it's not only a possibility, but it’s extremely likely that there will be a gag order in the case,” Duncan Levin, a former federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice, told Insider. “Gag orders are very common in criminal cases, particularly in cases where there is an enormous amount of pretrial publicity like this one.”

Gag orders of this manner are meant to help the defendant present their case without outside influence. They aren’t to silence them from explaining their side or garnering support. The judge should be concerned with protecting the rights of the defendant, which is the cornerstone of our justice system. At least, it’s supposed to be. 

This is just more political gameplay by the radical Left, weaponizing the justice system to destroy the competition, as my dad, ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, explained:

The First Amendment right that is at stake here is really the former President’s. Of course, it’s the media’s [First Amendment right] as well that wants to report it. But he’s the declared candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States – and right now, the leading candidate. And the idea that you could then have a state court, I mean, remember what this is, a county court judge . . . this local judge in that sense can silence the First Amendment political speech rights of a declared candidate for public office, including the presidency of the United States, is absurd.

I mean, just think about what that would mean for a moment. There’s a lot of things a judge can do to mitigate to make sure there’s a fair trial . . . although these charges are so ridiculous, that’s a whole other topic. I think the reality is that you have to look at this as a restraint on the freedom of speech. And every American – Republican, Democrat, Independent – and every media organization from MSNBC to Fox News to Newsmax to everybody should be opposed to a prior restraint, this kind of gag order, going into effect to silence the voice of the person accused, who happens to be a political candidate as well.

As my dad also asked, how did we get to this place? The Deep State is using the justice system to try to wipe out its biggest competition in the upcoming 2024 election. Time and time again, we’ve watched the Deep State try to destroy President Trump or at least bar him from running again. The desperation is palpable. Now they want to arrest him and silence him.

Last week, we told you that the U.S. had become a banana republic. This is how South American dictatorships deal with political adversaries. They lock them up and steal their voices. And they don’t even give the people a justifiable reason for it, nor do they care. Sound familiar yet?

Today’s full Sekulow broadcast includes more analysis of the unprecedented upcoming arraignment of former President Trump and the rumors that the judge in the case may slap Trump with a gag order to silence him. Welcome to the third world, folks. Elections have consequences, and here we are.

Watch the full broadcast below: