Trump news today: Judge demands court hearing as Jack Smith and Trump spar over protective order

Donald Trump’s federal criminal case regarding his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election is facing another development. The judge overseeing the case, Judge Tanya Chutkan, has ordered a court hearing to address the issue of a protective order. Last week, special counsel Jack Smith’s office requested a protective order limiting what Trump can publicize about the case. In response, Trump’s defense team filed a motion claiming that Judge Chutkan would become a “censor” imposing restrictions on his political speech. Smith’s office quickly countered, accusing Trump of attempting to litigate the case in the media. Now, Judge Chutkan has demanded that both parties propose two dates and times for a hearing, which must take place by Friday.

Meanwhile, in another criminal case against Trump, Judge Aileen Cannon, whom Trump himself appointed, ruled in his favor. Cannon rejected Smith’s bid to preserve grand jury secrecy in the case involving classified documents. This ruling deals multiple blows to Smith and his handling of the case.

In another development, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has not ruled out enacting a national abortion ban if elected president. DeSantis has already implemented state restrictions on abortion access at 15 weeks and six weeks of pregnancy. However, he acknowledged that there is no consensus in Congress for implementing a national ban, as abortion restrictions and the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade remain widely unpopular.

Additionally, a spokesperson for Trump, Alina Habba, claimed that the Department of Justice is seeking a protective order to prevent Trump from publicizing discovery materials because they are “afraid” and accused the prosecutor of playing the victim. Habba stated that the dispute over the protective order is different from other cases, and Trump’s team has not objected to other protective orders in his various court cases.

Moving on, Trump’s behavior in relation to the US Women’s World Cup Soccer team’s loss to Sweden has come under scrutiny. Instead of offering a message of optimism and uplift like most presidents would, Trump posted a rabid attack on the team, claiming their loss was emblematic of America’s decline under President Joe Biden. He also criticized the players for being openly hostile to America, concluding with the phrase “WOKE EQUALS FAILURE.” Trump’s response to the team’s defeat reflects his tendency to revel in failure, loss, and despair.

In summary, Trump’s federal criminal case is facing a court hearing over the issue of a protective order. Judge Chutkan has ordered both parties to propose dates and times for the hearing. In another case, Judge Cannon, appointed by Trump himself, ruled in his favor regarding the handling of classified documents. Additionally, Governor DeSantis has not ruled out enacting a national abortion ban if elected president. Finally, Trump’s attack on the US Women’s World Cup Soccer team following their loss reflects his penchant for reveling in failure and expressing a bleak vision of America.

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