Former President Donald Trump issued a series of threats against his political rivals on Friday, prompting a special counsel to seek a protective order to prevent him from disclosing confidential information.
In a post on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump wrote, “IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I’M COMING AFTER YOU!” He also attacked special counsel Jack Smith, who is overseeing the prosecution of Trump in two criminal cases, calling him “a stone-cold loser” and “a total disgrace.”
Smith responded by filing a motion for a protective order, arguing that Trump’s threats could intimidate witnesses and interfere with the investigation. “The defendant’s recent social media posts suggest that he may be considering disclosing confidential information about the investigation,” Smith wrote. “This would be a serious violation of the defendant’s discovery obligations and could have a devastating impact on the investigation.”
The motion is pending before a federal judge in Washington, D.C.
Trump’s threats come as he faces mounting legal troubles. In addition to the two criminal cases, he is also facing a civil investigation by the New York Attorney General’s Office.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing in all of the cases against him.
Legal analysts said Trump’s threats could backfire.
“These threats are likely to backfire,” said former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann. “They will only serve to make the prosecutors more determined to bring charges against him.”
Weissmann said Trump’s threats could also be used against him in court. “If he is convicted, these threats could be used to enhance his sentence,” he said.
It is unclear what impact the protective order will have on Trump’s case. However, it is a sign that the prosecutors are taking his threats seriously.
The latest developments in the Trump cases are being closely watched by legal experts and political observers.
Some believe that Trump is trying to intimidate witnesses and interfere with the investigation. Others believe that he is simply trying to stay in the news.
Whatever his motivation, Trump’s threats are likely to keep the cases against him in the headlines for weeks to come.