Trump’s Lawyer Argues Protective Order Threatens Freedom of the Press

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( – On Sunday, John Lauro, former President Donald Trump’s attorney, argued that the request filed by the Justice Department for a protective order on all evidence relating to Trump’s latest federal case was an “attack” on freedom of the press.

During an interview on ABC’s “This Week” with host George Stephanopoulos, John Lauro stated that he was surprised that not more people were talking about it as it violated the press.

On Friday evening, Special Counsel Jack Smith called for that Trump be prohibited from sharing any materials and evidence he will gain access to during the discovery process. As part of the request, Smith claimed that the evidence included materials from a grand jury and sealed warrant search documents. Prosecutors have claimed that a protective order was necessary as, in the past, Trump had frequently discussed his legal cases and attacked prosecutors and judges relating to them.

Trump’s legal team is going to need to decide whether they will accept the protective order by Monday or they can submit a revision. A previous extension request had not been allowed by Judge Tanya Chutkan, who was responsible for this case.

Lauro has argued that the Biden administration was trying to block the press from accessing necessary evidence and information. He proceeded to state that he was surprised major outlets were not filing papers with him on Monday against this decision which would violate the freedom of the press.

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