D.C. Circuit Denies Trump Appeals of Gag Order

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied Trump’s request to hear an appeal of the gag order imposed by Judge Tanya Chutkan in the federal election interference case.

Team Trump submitted appeal requests to both the three-judge panel who originally heard the appeal as well as the full D.C. circuit court.

Not a single judge on the full bench requested a vote on Trump’s motion, which means it was automatically dismissed. 

Trump was talking trash about Chutkan, Jack Smith, other prosecutors with Smith, and potential witnesses in the case. Trump had called Smith a “thug” and “deranged” on social media. Chutkan had instituted the gag order to prohibit him from targeting them.

To appeal any further, Trump will have to take his case to the Supreme Court.

A three-judge panel is also expected to soon make a ruling on Trump’s claim of presidential immunity in the same case.

The election interference trial is currently scheduled to begin March 4 — pending further appeals, of course.