Prosecutors seek to prevent Trump from making statements that endanger police and FBI

Federal prosecutors have asked the judge overseeing the classified documents case against Donald Trump to prohibit the former president from making public statements that “pose a significant, imminent and foreseeable danger to law enforcement officials” involved in the prosecution.

The request to US District Judge Aileen Cannon follows a false claim by Trump earlier this week that FBI agents who searched his home in August 2022 were “authorized to shoot me” and were “locked and loaded, ready to take me out and put my family there”. endangered”.

He was referring to the disclosure in a court document that was made public that the FBI, during the search, followed a standard use-of-force policy that prohibits the use of deadly force except when the officer conducting the search has a reasonable belief that “the object of such force represents an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or another person.”

The policy is routine and intended to limit the use of force during searches. Prosecutors said the search was intentionally conducted while Trump and his family were away and was coordinated with the Secret Service. No force was used.

“The government’s request is necessary because of several intentionally false and inflammatory statements recently made by Trump that distort the circumstances under which the Federal Bureau of Investigation planned and executed the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago,” prosecutors said. special prosecutor Jack Smith’s team. he wrote in calling for Cannon to make a restriction on Trump’s statements a condition of his release pending trial.

“Such statements create an extremely misleading impression about the intentions and conduct of federal law enforcement agents (falsely suggesting that they were complicit in a plot to assassinate him) and expose those agents, some of whom will be witnesses in the trial, to the risk of threats, violence and harassment,” they added.

Defense attorneys opposed the government’s motion, prosecutors wrote.

Asked Thursday at an unrelated event about the claim that the FBI intended to use force against Trump, Attorney General Merrick Garland said: “That allegation is false and extremely dangerous. The document to which it is made reference in the accusation is the Justice document”. The Department’s standard policy limiting the use of force, as advised by the FBI, is part of the standard operations plan for searches and, in fact, was even used in the consensual search of President Biden’s home.

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