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Lawyer Says Trump ‘Going To End Up In Jail’ For Violating Court Order

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OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


A lawyer opined this week that former President Donald Trump would wind up doing some jail time if courts reinstated restrictive gag orders against him.

In an interview with Mary L. Trump, a niece who is no fan of the 45th president, Joe Gallina predicted that Trump will not be able to control himself and will make public remarks that violate the order if it is reimposed. His remarks were shared with paid subscribers to her “The Good in Us” newsletter, Newsweek reported. This is merely an opinion of Gallina.

They spoke following a federal appeals court hearing on Monday that focused on the gag order imposed on Trump in the federal case accusing him of attempting to overturn his 2020 election defeat.

In October, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, presiding over the case, implemented a gag order preventing Trump from publicly disparaging prosecutors, court staff, and potential witnesses involved in the case.

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Chutkan temporarily lifted the order a few days later, allowing Trump’s legal team to present arguments against restricting his speech. However, after Trump made comments that prosecutors argued were intended to influence Mark Meadows, his former chief of staff, from providing unfavorable testimony, Chutkan reinstated the order. The appeals court lifted the order as it deliberated on Trump’s appeal.

Gallina told Mary Trump that the D.C. Appeals Court judges indicated during Monday’s hearing that “there will be some sort of gag order reinstated.”

“I think they’re going to go in and change or at least limit the gag order in a way that makes it very abundantly clear what kind of speech throws it over the line,” he said.

In addition, he said it is “absolutely” possible that courts will begin imposing penalties against Trump if he continues to violate gag orders.

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“It is true that Donald is a risk, and somebody’s got to hold him accountable,” Gallina said. “And I do think we’ll see fines, but if he keeps doing it, he’s going to end up in jail. There’s no way he can get out of that. I think that’s a very likely possibility.”

The attorney told Newsweek that Trump has “shown repeatedly that he lacks self-control when it comes to his rhetoric. If any of the two gag orders are reinstated with legal weight, it’s only a matter of time before he will violate one or both. He can’t help himself.”

Mary Trump, in her interview with Gallina, said, “We already know that Donald’s maligning of officers of the court, including clerks and judges and prosecutors, has already stirred up violent intent if not violent action. Somebody was arrested for threatening Judge Chutkan’s life.”

The appeals court signaled on Monday that it may have some good news for Trump after hearing arguments regarding a lower federal court’s imposition of a gag order in regard to his so-called ‘election interference’ indictment.

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During a two-and-a-half-hour session, a three-judge panel heard arguments from Trump’s attorneys and federal prosecutors seeking to have the order reimposed after it was temporarily lifted during the appeals process. According to Fox News, “the appeals court judges appeared skeptical of both sides on whether to reinstate an order from a trial judge that prevented Trump from making inflammatory comments against prosecutors, potential witnesses, and court staff.”

Cecil VanDevender, a lawyer with Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office, told the panel that the order is necessary so as to prevent intimidation and threats against participants in the case in which the former president has been accused of illegally scheming to overturn the 2020 election.

John Sauer, a lawyer for Trump, argued that the upper court should completely revoke the order that Chutkan had issued.

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