The latest indictment of Donald Trump – his third so far – is moving expeditiously through the process of coming to trial. Needless to say, this is triggering severe anxiety for Trump who knows that he is guilty and is terrified of having to face the consequences of his criminal acts.
Facing this unprecedented legal peril, Trump has resorted to his standard mode of response: Unhinged outrage and hostility directed at his perceived persecutors. Just like his reactions to his previous indictments, Trump is lashing out hysterically at everyone involved, including the lawyers, the judges, and the Justice Department, who are all just doing their jobs. And it is having a profound impact on his emotional stability, or lack thereof…
On Friday morning Judge Tanya Chutkan held a hearing in order to determine the terms of a proposed protective order regarding the handling of evidence that he receives from special counsel Jack Smith during discovery. Chutkan ruled mostly in favor of the terms requested by Trump’s attorney, only prohibiting the use of certain sensitive information, such as Grand Jury testimony. However, Judge Chutkan went a bit farther to preserve the integrity and fairness of the trial. According to Politico…
“U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan warned Donald Trump and his attorney Friday that repeated ‘inflammatory’ statements about his latest criminal prosecution would force her to speed his trial on charges related to his bid to subvert the 2020 election.
“‘I caution you and your client to take special care in your public statements about this case,’ Chutkan told Trump lawyer John Lauro during a hearing. ‘I will take whatever measures are necessary to safeguard the integrity of these proceedings.'”
In other words, if Trump insists on making the sort of incendiary remarks for which he is infamous, it could result in the trial date being moved forward in order to prevent him from causing further harm and from tainting the jury pool. Trump has already made it clear that he is opposed to the January 2, 2024, trial date that the special counsel has proposed. Making it earlier would only compound his anger and fear. Except when he he’s whining that it wasn’t early enough. The judge went on to say that…
“‘The fact that he’s running apolitical campaign has to yield to the orderly administration of justice,’ Chutkan said. ‘If that means he can’t say exactly what he wants to say about witnesses in this case, that’s how it has to be.’
“‘Even arguably ambiguous statements from parties or their counsel, if they can be reasonably interpreted to intimidate witnesses or to prejudice potential jurors, can threaten the process,’ Chutkan added later.”
Judge Chutkan is making it clear that she will not tolerate the sort of disruptive and childish behavior that Trump exhibits in his social media rants and at his cult rallies. If he fails to comply with these instructions, there will be repercussion that he will surely regret. She even ordered that “Trump would be required to review [sensitive] information without any electronic devices” to prevent him from improperly making copies.
The problem for Trump is that he has never shown the discipline or maturity to be able to curtail his worst impulses. And the likelihood that he will violate Chutkan’s instructions is inevitable. He believes that he is almighty and infallible.
It’s the same self-delusion that got him into this trouble in the first place by refusing to accept that he lost the election, and then stealing classified materials and hoarding them at his Mar-a-Lago hotel/home. And he regards any criticism of him as tantamount to treason. Under the circumstance, Chutkan may have been to lenient.
UPDATE I: Over 24 hours after Judge Chutkan’s admonition, Trump has not posted a single comment maligning Jack Smith or his case against Trump’s election lies and attempted coup. Has he been scared into silence? Don’t bet on it. His manic compulsions are strong and may just be temporarily stunned.
UPDATE II: As expected, Trump has resumed his attacks on Judge Chutkan, in violation of court orders to refrain from “inflammatory statements.”
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