A campaign-court gag order is clashing with an attack from President Donald Trump on a likely witness in a New York state case. The conflict between the President and the court has brought into question the limits of presidential power as New York prosecutors are trying to get a hold on evidence that could be used against Trump in a state criminal inquiry.
The court in New York issued a gag order late last month that prohibited Trump or anyone in his inner circle from talking publicly about the case. The order is aimed at protecting a potential witness in the criminal probe against Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen.
The gag order was aimed at preventing Trump from swaying a potential jury in the case, but it also led to a public dispute between the President and the court. Trump responded by accusing the court of “tyranny” and he even went so far as to suggest that the ruling was an attack on the First Amendment.
The clash between the President and the court has raised questions about the limits of presidential power and the proper role of the judicial branch in a criminal case. While the President has stated his opinion on the matter, it is for the court to make the final determination of whether or not a gag order is necessary.
This is a case that will be watched closely to see whether the court will uphold the gag order or not. It is also a case that could have significant implications on the scope of presidential power and the role of the judicial branch in criminal proceedings. It is a case where the campaign-court gag order and Trump’s attack on a likely witness are colliding in a dramatic fashion.