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Lawyers for former President Donald Trump have filed notice they plan to appeal a federal judge’s gag order prohibiting him from attacking witnesses, the judge, and the special prosecutor he has repeatedly called ‘deranged.’

A single-page court filing gave notice that Trump was appealing the order to the U.S. Court of Appeals, a day after Judge Tanya Chutkan imposed the order.

‘My speech has been taken away from me. I’m a candidate that’s running for office and I’m not allowed to speak,’ Trump said Tuesday, echoing arguments his lawyer made in federal court Monday while seeking to persuade Chutkan not to impose the order.

‘We’re being railroaded. And I have other trials where we’re being railroaded. You saw yesterday where they took away my right to speak. I won’t be able to speak like I’m speaking to you,’ he told reporters inside a Manhattan courthouse.

He had said he was going to appeal Monday at a campaign event in Iowa where he blasted the order.

Trump’s fulminations about the gag order came in a Manhattan courthouse where he tore into prosecutors in that case as he arrived in court for the third week of his $250 million New York fraud trial. 

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are appealing a judge’s gag order that prohibits him from attacking prosecutors and witnesses in his January 6 case

The order only affects his Washington, DC case, where he is charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstructing an official proceeding. His blasts against a different set of prosecutors are fair game.  

In New York, Trump went after state AG Letitia James, calling her a ‘fraud’ as well as a ‘lunatic’ – a comment similar to the ‘deranged’ insult he lobbed at Special Counsel Jack Smith that got him in hot water with Judge Chutkan. 

Chutkan’s order prohibits him from attacking Special Counsel Jack Smith, his prosecutors, officers of the court, or witnesses. Trump lawyer argued in court Monday that the order would be impossible to enforce, and that Trump’s criticism of the government is highly protected speech that must be protected amid his presidential campaign.

In his attack on James, Trump pointed to her vow to go after Trump during her own election campaign, saying ‘we have two tapes on her now’ and that people ‘couldn’t believe her ranting and raving like a lunatic.’ 

Back in court: Trump sits in a Manhattan courthouse during the trial for his civil fraud case in New York, U.S., October 17, 2023. He is juggling a new gag order in his DC case and a Tuesday deposition in a suit filed by the ‘FBI lovers’

‘This is a witch hunt by a radical lunatic attorney general that shouldn’t be allowed to be attorney general. She’s horrible,’ he said. 

Trump tore into New York judge Arthur Engoron and James for relying on Palm Beach County assessors for a valuation of Mar-a-Lago, when he said it could be worth 100 times more than they assessed.

‘They are the fraudulent people,’ Trump said of James and Engoron, before allowing that Engoron: ‘I like him, but it’s not fair.’

‘They are the frauds. Because the house is worth a billion, a billion and a half, $750 million. It’s worth a fortune. It’s the most expensive house probably in the world,’ Trump said of his Florida club.

‘He’s got all the Democrats pushing him around left and right pushing him around like a pinball,’ Trump claimed, a day after he pondered limits on his speech and whether he could rail against a ‘department of injustice’ or call Smith ‘deranged.’

‘This is a rigged trial,’ said Trump, with a ‘Democrat judge’ who is ‘very liberal.’ 

Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen had been expected to testify, after telling Congress Trump’s company would inflate valuations when seeking financing. But he delayed his appearance, citing a medical issue.

Trump was accompanied by aides Margo Martin (r) and Jason Miller 

Former President Trump accused state AG Letitia James of ‘raving like a lunatic’ in remarks at court in New York, a day after a federal judge gagged him from speaking about prosecutors in a separate case

Trump appeared with son Eric Trump, lawyer Alina Habba (l) and lawyer Chris Kise 

Later Tuesday, Trump is scheduled to give a deposition in the lawsuit of ‘FBI lovers’ Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. 

Stzrok, a former lead investigator in the Russia probe, says he was fired for exercising his First Amendment rights. He argues that DOJ higher-ups fired him after a relentless pressure campaign where Trump accused him of treason and for steering a ‘witch hunt’ against him.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson – who was in the courtroom for the start of Trump’s D.C. trial with Judge Tanya Chutkan – and a federal appeals court both gave a green light to Trump’s two-hour deposition. 

Strzok and Page, who were having an affair, exchanged text messages in the run-up to the 2020 election calling Trump an ‘idiot’ and a ‘loathsome human.’

Trump and House Republicans, who helped push out the private texts, said it revealed bias on the part of a ‘weaponized’ government.

The deposition was moved from a planned Mar-a-Lago interview to one in New York to comport with Trump’s busy legal schedule.

Former President Donald Trump arrived at Trump Tower on October 16, 2023, with plans to attend a court session in Manhattan in the penalty phase of a fraud trial for him and his company. He was also set to give a deposition in the case of ‘FBI lovers’ Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

‘I’ll be the only politician in history that runs with a gag order where I’m not allowed to criticize people,’ complained former President Donald Trump after a federal judge imposed a gag order that prohibits him from attacking special counsel Jack Smith and court personnel

Trump is set to be questioned under oath as part of lawsuits from ‘FBI lovers’ Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two former FBI employees who provoked the former president’s outrage after sending each other pejorative text messages about him

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page is also suing. She resigned her post as an FBI lawyer in 2018. She charges DOJ violated her privacy by disclosing copies of her messages

Justice Arthur Engoron imposed a gag on Trump after the former president went after his clerk online

NYPD officers are briefed near Manhattan Supreme Court ahead of Former President Donald Trumps appearance in Manhattan Tuesday

He appeared for three consecutive days when the trial began, railing against Judge Arthur Engoron that New York AG Letitia James’ charges against Trump and his company.

The judge already issued a summary judgement of fraud, so the trial is to determine the amount of any penalty.

Judge Engoron slapped a gag on Trump after he attacked his clerk on the former president’s Truth Social platform.

He called her ‘Schumer’s girlfriend’ and posted a link to her private Instagram account with an image of the two of them together – then deleted it.

The judge banned Trump from talking about the $250 million civil fraud suit and the judge’s staff.

In his Washington, DC case related to his election overturn effort, Judge Chutkan cited the New York case, and imposed a limited gag that bars Trump from attacking Special Counsel Jack Smith, herself, prosecutors, or witnesses. Trump had called Smith ‘deranged’ just hours before her order.

Trump is still allowed to attack Washington, DC, the venue for that trial. He has called it ‘rat-infested’  

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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