Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys are requesting that the judge presiding in the case brought by the Manhattan district attorney not “muzzle” him, according to NBC News. DA Alvin Bragg filed the “protective order” that would prohibit Trump from talking about the case in which he faces 34 counts of business fraud related to hush money payments allegedly made to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
The lawyers argue that the order would be “extremely restrictive” and hurt his presidential campaign. Susan Necheles, Joe Tacopina, and Todd Blanche wrote to the judge that the order would impinge on the former president’s First Amendment right to talk about his “side of the story.”
Assistant District Attorney Catherine McCaw argued that the muzzle is necessary because Trump is likely to inappropriately speak about the case, adding that he should only be allowed to view evidence of the case in the presence of his lawyers. She said that Trump’s history of attacking people speaks to this concern, suggesting that people’s lives may be put at risk.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to all counts. But if found guilty on all counts, he could face over 100 years in prison. Daniels once denied that anything physical occurred between the both of them, but now says that if she had to testify in court she has “nothing to hide.”
Trump argues that the indictment is the result of a politically motivated witch hunt. Some conservatives have criticized that while Alvin Bragg prioritizes investigating the former president, crime continues to skyrocket in the big apple. 92 percent of New Yorkers reportedly see crime as a serious problem facing the city.
76 percent of Democrats, more than Republicans, in the state also reportedly supported the governor’s proposal to give judges more discretion in sentencing criminals.