the results of the election in 2020, the day after a judge Sunday put in place restrictions to stop the president from criticizing the court personnel, prosecutors and trial witnesses who could be a potential source of evidence.
A US district court judge, Tanya Chutkan, also denied the former US president's request to revoke the gag order for some time, and his attorneys appealed.
Trump was granted an amnesty when the judge lifted the gag order to consider the request. The prosecution argued that the gag order must be reinstated following the fact that Trump used the opportunity to post several inflammatory tweets.
These statements include Trump's frequent criticisms of the attorney general Jack Smith, whom he said was "deranged," and Trump's remarks regarding the evidence his ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows had given to the grand juries during the criminal probe.
The prosecution argued that all of Trump's remarks were the kind of remarks that this order was meant to avoid, which included intimidating or inducing witnesses that may end up arguing against him during the trial as well as weighing the quality of their testimonies.
"The defendant has capitalized on the court's administrative stay to, among other prejudicial conduct, send an unmistakable and threatening message to a foreseeable witness in this case," the prosecution stated in its court filing. "Unless the court lifts the administrative stay, the defendant will not stop."
The prosecutors specifically expressed concern about the post-Trump about Meadows in which he questioned the authenticity of his evidence and implied that those who testified against him with the condition of limited immunity from prosecution, like Meadows, were weak or insecure.
Prosecutors suggested that, following the time that Trump was penalized $10,000 for violating an identical gag order issued in the civil fraud trial filed by New York state attorney general Laeticia James, Trump should also be penalized for attacking defendants in the criminal trial, which is pending in Washington.
The debate and back and forth about the gag order was first enacted just two weeks ago in the hearing of a litigious the federal district court of Washington when the prosecutors initially sought to restrict the gag order in filed court papers that were sealed in September It has been an extremely difficult legal struggle between the two parties.
Trump has been adamant against attempts to limit his comments on the matter, claiming they are politically driven. Trump's lawyers complained before the judge that the prosecution was taking advantage of his First Amendment rights, specifically when he was preparing for another presidency.
Arguments from Trump legal counsel John Lauro have partly focused on former Vice President Mike Pence, saying a gag order stopped Trump from addressing the issue of January 6 in the debate. The argument went by the wayside after Pence was sacked from the 2024 presidential race on Sunday.