Jack Smith seeks protective order citing Trump's threat on Truth Social

Jack Smith seeks protective order citing Trump's threat on Truth Social
Special Counsel Jack Smith delivers remarks on a recently unsealed indictment including four felony counts against former U.S. President Donald Trump on August 1, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Special Counsel Jack Smith on Friday reportedly moved for a protective order in the criminal case brought against Donald Trump over the former president's efforts to overturn the 2020 election, referencing a social media threat Trump posted earlier the same day.

Trump, on his social media platform Truth Social, issued a threat that he will be "coming after" anyone who "goes after" him.

"IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I’M COMING AFTER YOU!" Trump posted without any further context..

That spurred action from the prosecution, according to Kyle Cheney, the senior legal affairs reporter for Politico.

"Prosecutors just proposed a protective order referencing Trump’s Truth Social post from earlier tonight, saying it clearly references other parties/participants in the case," Cheney wrote.

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The motion states that further behavior similar to Trump's existing conduct could result in 'a harmful chilling effect on witnesses."

Trump also said Smith was "deranged," "sick," and "a lost soul" at an Alabama campaign event that same day.

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