Former U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at a federal judge's gag order, labeling it a "witch hunt." The order restricts Trump and his legal team from discussing an ongoing investigation into his business practices.
Trump's comments came shortly after the judge's decision, which he claims is an attempt to silence him.
"Will appeal the gag order ruling. Witch Hunt. A terrible thing happened to democracy today - Gag order," Trump wrote on Truth Social according to Newsweek.
The gag order was issued as part of an investigation into the Trump Organization's financial dealings. While the specific details of the investigation are not public, it is known to be looking into possible financial misconduct. Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing, framing the investigation as politically motivated.
The former President took to social media to express his discontent, stating that the gag order is yet another example of the unfair treatment he has received. He argues that the order is not just an attack on him but also an infringement on his First Amendment rights. Trump's legal team is also prohibited from discussing the case, which he says hampers his ability to defend himself.
This latest development adds another layer to the ongoing legal challenges facing Trump, who has been the subject of multiple investigations since leaving office. The gag order has reignited debates about the balance between judicial impartiality and freedom of speech, especially for a public figure like Trump.
While the gag order is in effect, it remains to be seen how it will impact the broader investigation into the Trump Organization's finances. Trump, for his part, shows no signs of backing down, maintaining that the investigation is nothing more than a "witch hunt" aimed at discrediting him.