Trump Special Counsel Jack Smith goes into the ex-president’s threatening Truth Social post just HOURS after it was published, which read: “If you follow me, I’m after you.”
- Donald Trump told the Washington DC judge on Thursday that he was aware he could not make threats to those involved in his case
- On Friday, the 77-year-old wrote on his social media network: “IF YOU FOLLOW ME, I WILL FOLLOW YOU!” – an apparent threat to those who might cooperate
- Hours later, Jack Smith, the special counsel in charge of the prosecution, requested a protective order, citing Trump’s post as evidence he could threaten witnesses
The special counsel overseeing the prosecution of Donald Trump on Friday night requested an urgent “protection order” to prevent Trump from using confidential information from the case against potential witnesses, after writing on social media: “IF YOU FOLLOW ME ‘I COME.’ AFTER YOU!’
Jack Smith filed the emergency declaration in Washington DC hours after Trump’s post, citing it as evidence that Trump could not be trusted to keep the discovery footage confidential.
Smith warned that the post shows Trump’s determination to attack his critics by any means necessary.
“If the defendant were to begin releasing public statements using details — or grand jury transcripts, for example — obtained here in the investigation, it could have a detrimental deterrent effect on witnesses or be detrimental to the fair.” affect the administration of justice in this case,” Smith wrote.
On Thursday, the judge in his case — which involves Trump’s attempts to overturn the election — reminded Trump that it is a crime to intimidate a jury, bribe someone, or obstruct the administration of justice.
When asked if he understood the standard disclaimer, Trump replied that he understood.
But on Friday, Trump released a threat against those involved in the case, leading Smith to fear that Trump could use the discovery footage against those involved.
Smith said the proposed protective order was not “overly restrictive,” noting it would still allow Trump to use discovery materials in his defense.
“All the proposed order is intended to prevent is the improper distribution or use of discovery materials, including to the public,” Smith wrote.