Donald Trump is going to be furious.
The witch hunt against him has picked up steam.
Alvin Bragg just won a huge decision that is a devastating defeat for Donald Trump.
George Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg notched a significant win in his criminal case against Donald Trump over the nonsense charges that Trump falsified business records to hide an illegal campaign contribution where Michael Cohen paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement after Daniels claimed Trump had an affair with her.
Controversial Judge Juan Merchan – whom Trump accused of harboring bias due to repeated adversarial decisions in other cases – ruled that Donald Trump could not post on social media or discuss in interviews the evidence Bragg’s team collected and turned over to Trump’s lawyers as part of the discovery process.
The order says that “any materials and information provided by the People to the Defense in accordance with their discovery obligations … shall be used solely for the purposes of preparing a defense in this matter.”
Merchan’s order said anyone with access to the evidence being turned over to Trump’s team by state prosecutors “shall not copy, disseminate or disclose” the material to third parties, including social media platforms, “without prior approval from the court.”
It also singles out Trump, saying he is allowed to review sensitive “Limited Dissemination Materials” from prosecutors only in the presence of his lawyers and “shall not be permitted to copy, photograph, transcribe, or otherwise independently possess the Limited Dissemination Materials.”
In addition, the order restricts Trump from reviewing “forensic images of witness cell phones,” although his lawyers can show him “approved portions” of the images after they get permission from the judge.
Judge Merchan stripped Donald Trump of his First Amendment right to free speech by depriving him of the ability to defend himself from the charges brought against him.
In high-profile criminal cases, judges will sometimes issue a gag order to make sure a case is not tried in the press and court of public opinion.
But Judge Merchan hesitated to issue a gag order in this case because Trump would have rightfully challenged it on First Amendment grounds.
In fact, Trump would’ve taken his case all the way to the Supreme Court, arguing that Judge Merchan could not prevent him from discussing what is sure to be an issue in the presidential election.
However, by limiting the ability of Trump to discuss the evidence being used by prosecutors, it limits his ability to parry attacks from the corporate media as well as both his Democrat and Republican rivals about the indictment Bragg has brought against him.
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